Cisco Nexus Review

Scales well and supports a lot of servers


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for Nexus in our company is for the data center. Everybody that has access to our remote server rooms throughout the campus wants 10G data ports all the way across. 

How has it helped my organization?

This product helps us by resolving the issue of not having to install fiber everywhere. If you use Nexus, it has the 10G copper ports. That way we can just use the current infrastructure. Cisco Nexus saves us money in the long run.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it scales well. It supports a lot of servers. We don't have to come up with different designs for anything. That's the best part about it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have the feature where you can install something like operf on it so you can do troubleshooting without having to configure operf on servers.

We had issues with Cisco Nexus during upgrades. When we first got the system, we were having some issues. The whole system crashed. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this product works great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Cisco Nexus is wonderful. It supports the whole data centers. We have no issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

They need to understand that when we call them and have an issue, it's our production and sometimes they want us to do repairs that would cause other issues. That's the biggest problem.

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

We are a Cisco shop. We don't have to worry about learning different commands with Cisco Nexus. It still has different commands because of the platform, but it was a lot easier to understand than if you're going through a different company.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward on Cisco's part. Other customers that we work with didn't understand their equipment.

What about the implementation team?

We installed it ourselves. We just ordered our equipment through a reseller. They weren't involved in any on-site work.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was Cisco or Juniper.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus an eight. When trying to do the upgrades sometimes there are issues. Sometimes you get a bug that Cisco doesn't know about. When you try to explain it to them, they always say it's impossible and can't be replicated.

You need to understand all the options, the servers and different applications you can run, and how Cisco Nexus supports the overall picture.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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