VMware NSX Competitors and Alternatives

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PreSales7bd0
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
MSP
Jun 28, 2019
A high-performance switch that is designed for lossless data and our customers are happy with

What is our primary use case?

We have a lot of customers that we implement Nexus platforms for.

Pros and Cons

  • "They are very high-performance switches and they are made for lossless data, so they're a good play in the customer environment."
  • "There is no feature parity between the 9K and the 5K or 7K, which means that it is harder to position the 9K to future proof them."

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 with, it's the 9K. I like the Cisco ACI solution in general, that the Nexus 9K is a foundation of. I would certainly recommend it. If a competitor like VM or NSX tries to position their solution and they try to say, "You don't really have to replace the network or re-design the network", that's not really true because the overlay is only going to be as performant as the underlay. If they deploy that…
Director5596
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Jul 6, 2019
Reduces complexity and the time required to grow or change our network infrastructure

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to implement a network overlay. We have a software-defined network in our data center.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is programmability, where we can manage a network via APIs and software, as opposed to having to manage complex hardware."
  • "I would like to see a lot more integrations with the rest of the Cisco portfolio."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody researching this solution is that you have to test it. You can't take the stats on paper. Rather, you have to actually do the R&D to see it in a real environment. I think a lot of people make the mistake of looking at the features on paper, without actually testing the full functionality. This is a really strong product. It has been complex, but most of their recent advancements have been in simplification. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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