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Real User
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I like a lot about this solution. They are very high-performance switches and they are made for lossless data, so they're a good play in the customer environment.

How has it helped my organization?

This product is made for lossless data, so it's a very high-performance switch. If there's one place you don't want to lose data, it's in the data center. The 9Ks support speeds of 40-gigabit and… more»

What needs improvement?

The 9K was developed to support ACI, the software-defined data center technology. For this reason, there is no feature parity between the 9K and the 5K or 7K, which means that it is harder to position… more»

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

Cisco's licensing structures can be complex across different technologies, for example, unified communications. The ACI licensing is not so bad. As they are moving to the DNA Essentials, as opposed to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'm a pre-sales engineer, and I help customers blueprint out and design their future data center. We really like this solution. It's a great switch. If there is a data center switch we try to lead… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are a lot of competitors out there. For example, the VMware NSX, which is a pure overlay, it's more network virtualization. The ACI solution is more full-featured, and you get visibility under… more»
Real User
IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of management.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the rack-based design allowed us to eliminate chassis-based designs. The chassis design is… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see network function virtualization with no hardware. I would like to see the integration of the products into something where it's seamless where an… more»

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

I am intimately aware of what the licensing costs are with Cisco Nexus. It depends on what we decide, how much margin, and what our strategy is when we have an… more»

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

The way that our airline works, because we've recently been in a merger, is that we're putting two big airlines together. Our primary driver has been the end-of-service… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product an eight for the way I work with my team. They select the product, I serve them. I rate it from a perspective of what… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at another vendor. Cisco is found around the world with good support and credibility in the industry. It was an easy choice even though the functionality from… more»
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Per Hougaard
Real User
Network Architect at Nvent
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its stability. We don't have any problems with them, ever. It doesn't matter how much we hammer them or load stuff up on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

From my perspective, this is a nice solution. These units are easy to work with and they have a lot of features that you can't get anywhere else. It gives me an… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Duo directly integrated with the Nexus hardware, instead of it being through the proxies, like how Duo works today. The way it works now really… more»

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

Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.

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

This solution was integrated before I started, but we used to have Cisco 7K and 5K models. When we built the new data center, which was necessary after our company split… more»

What other advice do I have?

This solution is ACI compatible, but we did not have time to get them on ACI before we went live. As a result, they will not make it to ACI. There is always room for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our company is locked into one vendor for purchasing, which is a board decision. The only time we can use another vendor is if they sell it as part of a solution… more»
Real User
Network Engineer at a government with 11-50 employees
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable benefit of this solution is the ability to use all the different features like VX LAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) and PPC. We use the solutions in the data center and on the LAN side… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has improved operations by helping us resolve bottlenecks throughout our infrastructure. A lot of it came down to the fact that these new products have a much higher throughput. So it… more»

What needs improvement?

The only real feature that we are hoping would evolve at some point is multi-contexts to get into multi-tenancy type environments. We are very interested in that with the 7000s. But we didn't like all… more»

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

We were getting bottlenecks at throughput because our equipment was just getting too old and too slow. The whole architecture was archaic. We saw our chance to make a major change and not just replace… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the Cisco solutions as a nine out of ten because nothing is a ten. Everything can improve. It's a top-notch product and it has not done anything short of everything we wanted it to do. As… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went straight to Cisco and actually did not consider other solutions. It was partly because of familiarity. All of their staff were trained in what we needed. We can change product lines within… more»
Real User
Senior Network Design Engineer at Kent State University
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate. We're working toward allowing the server administrators to configure their own ports for their new servers that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have increased the throughput of our datacenter. Where before we had switches that were two, one-gig LAG uplinks, we now have eighty-gig. This means that the… more»

What needs improvement?

Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.

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

We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees. For us, this product is perfect for what we need and it came at the perfect price point.

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

We had Cisco switches in our data center that were reaching their end-of-life in a few years. We also had other vendor switches that were coming up on end-of-life, and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product has absolutely surpassed our expectation of throughput. The network team used to be blamed for slowness in the data center, but now we can confidently say… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Arista and Juniper were both on the shortlist. We bought a few Juniper QFX series switches, and we did not like the product at all. We were investigating Arista, but Cisco… more»
Real User
Network Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is stability. We have a pretty large campus. We need the redundancy options and diverse paths that are required. Also, some of the capacity that the Cisco… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm the person that makes the decisions on purchasing. I have a manager above me that gives a budget, but I decide on products and spending. Some of it is previous experience with the hardware. We… more»

What needs improvement?

The only major improvement required would be stability. With some of the products we had before, we had a little more downtime than we would like. We had to spend more time either dealing with parts… more»

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

We do yearly licensing. I don't directly pay for Cisco Nexus. Enterprise, above me, pays for all our licensing across the United States. I know we do pay a yearly fee for our portion.

What other advice do I have?

I would say take advantage of the resources that Cisco has in regards to some of the marketing and sales reps. They can provide you at least a guide on the options. Sometimes you get locked in on a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In our enterprise organization, we're a little bit different than the government. We buy into the economy of scale. Since we have centers all across the United States, we try to centralize and… more»
Real User
Leader of Network Engineering at MVP Health Care
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The biggest benefit to this solution is a high port density with high bandwidth. A big strength is the high bandwidth backplane, line rate speeds, and switching and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution provides our organization with more business continuity and high availability. This is because we can build them in ways with technology, like VPC, to make… more»

What needs improvement?

We have uncovered things about some of the features where there is room for improvement. * There are limitations on some of the lower level 9K solutions where you can't do… more»

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

All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.

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

Our existing network had been neglected for a long time before I joined the company. We wanted to become more relevant with the times, knowing that we're pushing a lot of… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are using this solution in a very specific use case right now. I do see more flexibility and availability, but for us, a pretty small network, I haven't really unlocked… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were pretty focused on Cisco. That is where we wanted to go.
Andy Deshmukh
Real User
Network Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jul 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the integration with the virtual switches of our UCS platform. It provides a lot of visibility from the ACI console. The ability to tenant-out the traffic and segment it, without having to get into separate physical hardware or trying to figure out VDCs manually, has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to our deployment of ACI, everything was, essentially, flat open access. By using ACI we were able to segment out everything and get more visibility into our virtual environment. At our data center, we are 99.99% virtual.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the usability improved by simplifying the user interface. For example, it would be nice to have a simple way to find endpoints and get information about them. It would be great if they could make the interface a little more user-friendly, but not trade power off for simplicity.

What other advice do I have?

There are still a lot of things that we have yet to do with this system, in particular with the APIs and scripting. Also, there are a lot of additional features that we haven't had a chance to look at yet because we haven't upgraded. Not a lot of people in my area are familiar with this solution. It… more»
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What is Cisco Nexus?

The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
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