Cisco Nexus Review

Provides fast access to storage and data center resources


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for the Cisco Nexus solution is to provide data center access for our customers. This includes providing servers, storage, and interconnecting those to the rest of the network.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has improved the way our organization functions by providing fast access to storage and data center resources. We are getting better performance out of our network by using this platform.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the capacity of the switches. One of the main advantages of going with the Nexus 9000 is that it can do advanced routing and segmentation with VLANs. 

What needs improvement?

In the next release of the solution, I would like to see varying integration between VRF (Virtual Routing and Forwarding) instances so we can integrate BGB into different VRFs in a more organized way. We have some issues with tunnels and VRFs. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is pretty cool. NX-OS is a solid match. It does run the features and all the protocols very well for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is very good. We had different options for physical form factors. It does work for what we need on our enterprise network.

We have a 1GB connection to a data center. Then we upgraded a server. We can quickly get more scalability from the switch by migrating to 10GB or even 25GB connections.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco technical support is a good backup team when you have issues with anything. If you open a case they are very good at following up and making sure that the issue's resolved according to the needs of our network.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We knew we needed to invest in a new solution because upgrading the network is a must for every company. We had to just take into consideration the legacy switches that we were using were not giving the performance needed for the network. The old hardware did not support the demands of our clients connecting to the network.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup, if you know what you are doing, is very straightforward. You have to know what a switch is and what routing protocols are, like any other device.

If you are familiar with the IOS it is a little bit easier to translate to NX-OS and use the switch.

What about the implementation team?

We're the reseller for Cisco Nexus.

What was our ROI?

We have seen new ROI from the previous platform to the new one. We're starting to see that.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The products on our shortlist were mostly Cisco Nexus and Meraki.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 - 10, I would give Cisco Nexus a 9. It's a solid platform. We've been having very good stability from the use of that network device.

Take into consideration the features and the protocols that are in use. Make sure that whatever is being used as a current platform can be migrated to the Nexus and that the features are available before you purchase the hardware. Understand exactly how the infrastructure will work from the operating system of the switch in case you're using any advanced features from another platform. Make sure that the transition is as expected and don't go down a bad path.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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