Cisco Nexus Scalability

PreSales7bd0
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I think that these units are made to scale, but it depends on how they're deployed. If they're deployed within an ACI environment and that's the customer's expectation, they work fine. If they're deployed, say, a 9500 model in a non-ACI role, a traditional data center switching role, and the customer decides that they want a virtual device context then we could not support it in that scenario. In this particular case, it wouldn't really scale. That is why it's tough sometimes, in a non-ACI environment, to implement the 9K. View full review »
ITManage41ee
IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is fine. View full review »
Per Hougaard
Network Architect at Nvent
We have not had an opportunity to scale this solution, but it seems very scalable. The VPC, virtual port channels, and the virtual domains, together, allow you to scale endlessly. I have never seen any problems with them. View full review »
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NetworkE9b11
Network Engineer at a government with 11-50 employees
The scalability of the product is great. We buy way above what we really need. So when it comes to density, throughput, feature sets, software, etcetera, we find out what we need and we can just upgrade it. That approach has made things really good. We look forward to tapping into the ability to start automating things through Python and Linux customizations. View full review »
SeniorNe0813
Senior Network Design Engineer at Kent State University
The scalability of this solution is great. We couldn't afford to buy the ASIC solution, so we bought the Nexus 9Ks and put them in a Spine-and-Leaf topology. We then made each of the leaves their own vPC peers as well, so it allows us to have redundancy between servers. View full review »
NetworkE2c48
Network Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability for us is great. We can use Cisco Nexus for what we need it to do. In the future, I don't see any obstacles this would create. It works great. View full review »
LeaderOf432e
Leader of Network Engineering at MVP Health Care
The 9K series is very scalable because you have multiple different PIDs that allow you to put them where you want them. They can be on the core, your access, or your aggregational layer. You can do a lot of different things with them. They're a very scalable switching solution. View full review »
Andy Deshmukh
Network Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
In terms of scalability, we haven't grown the deployment, yet, because we're nowhere near capacity. There is a lot of scalability in terms of what we could use, although it's a matter of what we actually need. It seems very scalable, but we just haven't had the need to scale up yet. View full review »
Consulta4de9
Consultant at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
The scalability of the solution is well beyond anything I would ever need. Somewhere in the neighborhood of maybe 50,000 to 60,000 nodes is our requirement, so not huge from the Cisco perspective. View full review »
Ctio21c2
CTIO at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
This solution scales a lot, easily. The 7000s have a huge capacity. The scalability will depend on the model you have, but the 7000s we have are very versatile. We have a lot of ports installed already and we can still add more. View full review »
SeniorNe798f
Senior Network Engineer at Northrop Grumman
The scalability of the solution is very good. The only thing I don't like is that there's an 80-millisecond requirement between cluster servers. I have to have multiple clusters around the world: I can't just have one giant cluster. There are ways around that requirement, but I wish they could figure it out. View full review »
SrManage17d3
Sr Manager of Network and Telephony at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability seems pretty solid. We're not a very large company, so we don't max out any of the limitations of the solution. View full review »
NGFW677
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has been very scalable, from what we've seen. View full review »
Ricardo Mancilla
Solutions Architect at ABS Technology
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. View full review »
Khalid Mustafa
Service Validation Engineers at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our environment is very large. We have multiple regional and national data centers, where data is sent between them. View full review »
CIOdf97
CIO at Masriacard
This solution is quite scalable, although this product comes in different families including an enterprise-level version and a mid-level version. Scalability depends on how the switch has been configured and the technical specifications that are related to it. View full review »
Danish Rizvi
Senior Network Engineer at Halliburton Company
The scalability of this solution is better than that of the traditional models. You can always add more 2k switches to a 5k underlying chassis and increase the number of ports without any other configuration. There is no additional configuration required for FEX ports. View full review »
ProductMf527
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nexus has good scalability features. It provides the customer's needs. View full review »
NetworkEd74c
Network Engineer Principal
It's very scalable. You can go up or down in size as much as you want. View full review »
NetworkEcce9
Network Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of Cisco Nexus is wonderful. It supports the whole data centers. We have no issues with scalability. View full review »
NetworkDd05b
Network Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of this solution meets the needs that we have. The density of it is a lot higher than the 7Ks. It's good for us from that perspective. I could take two 7Ks that are 16-chassis, get it down into eight and have twice as much throughput. View full review »
NetworkA4cd8
Network Adminstrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We have not had any issues in terms of scalability. If we want to expand then we just have to pay to have additional ports enabled. View full review »
NetworkEe9dd
Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Cisco Nexus is very scalable. View full review »
Dan Newman
Principal Engineer 2 at Charter Communications, Inc.
We've not had a scale-out yet. Cisco Nexus looks very valuable. We're starting to deploy them in other environments as well. View full review »
SrNetwordef0
Sr Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability depends on when there's no hardware available. We just add another rack and another switch. From an overall perspective, it's a very good product View full review »
Kervin Aterrado
Network Engineer at Table Mountain
Scaling this product is on the pricey side. If you're a top-end enterprise company then you can scale it. You can stack it, or build a solution with redundancy. View full review »
NetworkA401c
Network Admin at a hospitality company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I don't see any issues with the scalability of Cisco Nexus. View full review »
Tqe Sylverne
Senior Advisor at CIGNA Corporation
The scalability of Cisco Nexus is excellent. View full review »
Timothy Patrick
Senior Network Engineer at Advanced Drainage Systems
The scalability of this solution is limited. You can only add so much hardware capacity to them, and because it's hardware based, you can't get the new features sets without putting new switches in. View full review »
Roger Sherman
Network Engineer at American Honda Motor
I don't have experience with the scalability aspect of it. In our server farms, we haven't added any since install and it's done its job. From where we're at, if we needed to add more effects to Cisco Nexus, we could. I don't see any issues with doing that. View full review »
NetworkCaac9
Network Coordinator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We haven't surpassed the scalability at this point. View full review »
NetworkE1a81
Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Cisco Nexus platform is very scalable with the modular design. View full review »
Matt Bright
Architect at CenturyLink
The scalability of this solution is ok. Everything can be a little bit better on scalability, but it does an ok job. View full review »
NetworkE78dd
Network Engineer at SRPMIC
Cisco Nexus is very scalable. If you have money to buy more cards, then you get the added features. As long as you have a lot of money. View full review »
NetworkE88b3
Network Engineer at Google
Scalability is good enough for now, and not really an issue for us. View full review »
Cody Boelens
Network Administrator at St Ambrose University
It scales to just about any use that we needed to throw at it. It's very accommodating. View full review »
TechArch0f90
Tech Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It scales very well. View full review »
Nate Cielieska
Network Engineer at solutions4networks
It is very scalable. View full review »
NetworkT7b7a
Network Technician at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
This solution has great scalability. View full review »
Michael Ozorowsky
Network Engineer at Tampa General Hospital
It's scalable. View full review »
Roberto Castillo
Internetwork Solution Engineer at OPLK
This solution is very scalable. View full review »
NetworkEf82e
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability of Cisco Nexus is good. We've had them for the entire lifetime. We've never had to upgrade them yet. View full review »
Tyler Kongs
Network Engineer at Archer Daniels Midland
Scalability with this solution is easy. View full review »
CTOb1a5
CTO at a tech services company
The scalability of this solution is very good. View full review »
Andrew Svolopoulos
Unified Network Architect at Barry-Wehmiller
I would say that to make this solution more scalable, they need to provide a backplane as they do on a lot of their other network infrastructure equipment. View full review »
SeniorVo338e
Senior Voice Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability of the solution is huge. It's a big box. View full review »
Bala Panchanathan
Director at Wipro Technologies
For the products we are currently using there is still a lot more to be done to allow integration of other market products. View full review »
NetworkA9d42
Network Analyst at a marketing services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
This solution is very scalable, and we haven't had any issues at all. View full review »
Charles Lacasse
Network Analyst at Govt of Canada
Cisco Nexus is very scalable. View full review »
Wendy Guest
Network Analyst at Marion County
This is a very scalable solution. View full review »
Todd Neiert
Network Services Manager at Allen Systems Group
The scalability of the Cisco Nexus is very high. View full review »
Scott Black
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
They're pretty scalable. View full review »
SrNetwor9862
Sr Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think that it scales well. For what we use it for, it has been great. Right now, we have a ten-gig network, but it can scale up to forty-gig, which is really good. View full review »
NetworkSe124
Network Security Administration at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of scalability, this solution is very good. View full review »
ITDirect96f6
IT Director at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable. View full review »
ManagerOedd5
Manager of Network Engineering at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of this solution is great. View full review »
Zaki Shah
Sr. Data Center Network Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is good. View full review »
Infrastr6916
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'd say that this solution is very scalable. View full review »
NetworkE492f
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I think that this solution scales well. View full review »
NetworkE1898
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is definitely scalable. View full review »
Security6161
Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easily scalable. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Nexus. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
419,052 professionals have used our research since 2012.