2019-06-19T08:36:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco Nexus?


If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco Nexus, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Real User

I would rate this solution as an eight out of ten. I think that giving it a ten would be to place it ahead of every other solution and I can't be sure that's the case. I, personally, think it's above everyone else but I haven't tried all of the solutions in order to know first-hand. I've always been told: you never get fired if you own Cisco.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Top 10Real User

When we were purchasing this, it was the best solution. Now, you might want to look at the Nexus 9000 solution, or maybe the Catalyst 9000 series. You might consider your environment and see what you need. Do you need personal contacts and device management? Or do you need devices acting as one switch for easy management? It just depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for more of the software-defined stuff, and this is going to be in your data center, or maybe you want ACIs, then you're obviously going to be looking at Nexus 9000 there. It just depends on your situation. I would rate this solution as a nine or ten of ten.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. Nexus is better than other switches so I would advise going with this solution.

2019-06-19T08:37:00Z
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Real User

Buy what you know that's going to be the best value in the long run, because if you don't know it, then it's going to be hard. It's the only one I know that allows us to dual home our servers in our HyperFlex environment, but still maintaining our virtual IP address and such. I would rate this solution as nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a good product in my eyes. I've never really had any issues with it, and the support is good. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend this product. It does not give me any headaches. That is the best thing. There are lots of products, but when you use this, it does not give you any headaches. It is good because when we went to purchase this, we did not have all the information and knowing that there are a lot of options with all those differences, we had some issues, but it is obvious that this solution is going to do everything that we need. That is fine.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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 that it has nothing to do with us. We're providing the organization with eighty-gigs of throughput in all directions to the firewalls. Troubleshooting poorly-performing applications is easier now because we can say that the bottleneck is not in the data center. We could be doing much more with our Nexus 9K switches, but they are not doing as much as they are capable of because we only have layer-two in our data center. This is the way our data center was set up and how the executive team wants it to be run. In larger data centers and larger companies, they're using the full capabilities. My recommendation for anybody who is researching this solution is to ask for a demonstration from your local Cisco support. We had an awesome support engineer who did a demo with us. He brought in four switches and set up DCNM. We got to see the benefits of how DCNM would help us. We're transitioning to more automation because we have fewer people than we did, so the DCNM product is awesome. It used to be a twenty or thirty-minute process to add a VLAN in our data center, and now it takes approximately three minutes. The Cisco DCNM and the 9K switches were the beginning, to show what we can start doing as a network team to leverage the technology that we have. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a product that I recommend for people looking to try new devices or a new solution. Overall, this is a good product, but nothing is perfect. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a product that I recommend people look at, but it would be nice if it were more affordable. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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 is kind of new and scary, so a lot of people are a little wary of it. However, now that I've had some time with it, I find it very powerful. Having direct access to virtual switches is a huge advantage. My advice to anybody researching this solution is to take a good look at it because it is great for segmenting your network. Make sure that you get a lot of training as part of your deployment, including education on how it works and why the design is the way it is, or what the best practice design is if you're looking at creating your own. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We have a vendor for products, but we do not just go with what they suggest. We do our homework, in-house, as well. There are many good things about this product including the reliability, scalability, and of course, security. This is a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

For anybody researching this solution, I would recommend looking at the 9K, but you have to look at all of the metrics and compare them between vendors. This is the way to come up with the best solution. Everything, including technical support, has to be considered because, for example, you can have the product but if you don't have support then you are going to have to deal with issues by yourself. Overall, this product is good, but nothing is perfect. It is important to have competition. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to start their testing early, as the features need time to run. This solution needs a lot more improvement, such as the bugs that need to be fixed. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

With the feature set we are using now, I cannot think of any major changes that we would require. In the future, as we move into a hybrid cloud strategy, I may see opportunities for improvement. There are still limitations within the product. My advice for anybody researching this solution is to make sure that it meets your requirements. From a stability standpoint, it works, but not every feature set that you may need or require is there, so you have to look at it closely. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

If you want high performance and availability then Nexus is the way to go. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a good switch, overall, and there are only a few other features that we'd like to see. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a product that I can recommend that people use. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice to anybody implementing this solution is to plan ahead six months. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The hardest part with Cisco Nexus is learning new features. What would be nice is if Nexus were easier to use. Best practices in deployment would be helpful. Cisco Nexus is just a platform. You just set it up, give it an IP, and then start configuring it. But there are a million features to configure. I'm always thinking of the environment a little bit as I learn new things. After the initial sale, deployment I can do in an hour. Once you start trying to fork out the little kinks, it is longer. Pay attention to what shows up in your excess logs. We try to stay current with updates. Try to keep up with that. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate Nexus a 10 for stability. There's always room for improvement.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I rate this product a ten because of the stability. Stability is my biggest key right now. Cisco Nexus has been stable since it was implemented last year. It's a good product. I haven't had any issues whatsoever.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus a nine because it has helped us a lot with our customers. There's always room for improvement. I would advise someone considering this solution to go for it. It's a stable product.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution an eight or nine out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution to research what your actual needs are so that you size it correctly. You can always upgrade size. It's harder to downgrade.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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 the quality of life my team has from using this product. How simple, risk-free, and smooth can we do this without putting the data centers in jeopardy. Make sure you do your comparisons and make the right decision with the right product before you decide. I would recommend taking a good hard look at Cisco and the Nexus product line and what it could do for you.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 9. Cisco is very competitive with the other companies that are out there. I would recommend them. We've had very good luck. Cisco is a leader. They help us with the deployment at a lower cost.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten because it's the best.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Nexus a ten. I like it. I would advise anyone to go through a professional consultant with Cisco training.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus a good nine. Cisco is moving to new technology. It's more advanced. Anyone should invest in it. It's good.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product a ten. Cisco Nexus is very solid and easy to use. Go with Nexus, you won't regret it.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I rate this product a solid nine. They've been very good to us. I would advise reading information online to learn more about Cisco Nexus. See how powerful it is.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Nexus an eight. They're not perfect, but they mostly do what they need to do. I don't feel negative about them at all.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this product a seven because it's helped out a lot in terms of troubleshooting.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the product at an eight. Cisco Nexus is excellent. I wouldn't rate it a ten because it could use an enhanced feature set. I would advise someone considering this solution to consider all of the vendors.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to make sure that they have a vendor that knows how to set it up from the start. This solution is easy to set up and we haven't had very many problems with it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 6 or 5. The reason is that we are into Cisco for a long time. They have been very good supporters since we began the network environment. For any technology on the education part, for the training and decisions, there are more resources available than when compared to other partner products. Planning technology through Cisco for our training sessions and getting it implemented with other products is what we do now. Currently, we are assessing the leaders in the market for the data-container environment and SD-WAN solutions. VeloCloud was suggested by colleagues of neighbor companies.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a good solution I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a solid, reliable solution, but it is very expensive and it can only scale to a degree. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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 a lot of the features. My advice to anybody looking to implement this solution is to take your time in finding the right design. I have worked with Cisco for a long time, and I've worked with other manufacturers like HP, Dell, and Arista. I think that Cisco is definitely the leader in the market, but I do think that if you rush through the design process then you might find yourself making decisions prematurely. This is a good solution, but there is some room for improvement on some of the things that we have discovered. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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 improvement, but I really love this solution. These devices do not give me any headaches. I design enough solutions for our company where, if they give me headaches, they come back out. It's that simple. I don't have time to keep going back and cleaning up the solutions that I've already installed. If you want something that that is rock solid and you don't have to worry about, then go buy yourself some Nexus 9Ks. It's that simple. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Cisco is not stopping in terms of adding support for new features. They are continuing to innovate their product and make it better for everybody. This is a solution that has made my life much simpler. I can relax in the evening knowing that the solution is stable. In fact, the biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is that we waited too long to deploy it in our stores. For a long time, the stores struggled every day, and it's a good thing that we've got a management team who realized that. They wanted to make things better for the employees that are working in our offices, the customer-facing people. I only wish that we had done it sooner. My advice for anybody looking to implement a similar solution is to go with Cisco. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this product a seven out of ten. It needs a lot more improvement in integration capabilities.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice for anybody implementing this solution is to train their support staff on the Nexus product before deployment, and not after the fact. Once you deploy, if the support staff has to learn while on the job then it may cause issues. It is good to invest in training prior to the implementation, especially on this platform because it is very different than the traditional iOS. The software upgrades are also different from that of the traditional Catalyst switches, so if you are not used to doing them on this platform then you have to be careful. The other thing that I can say is that the scalability and stability of this solution have improved when compared to previous products. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this product a pretty solid eight out of ten because it's been pretty reliable and good and it's done what it's supposed to do. There's been a little bit of bugginess in the code, but that happens. I would consider the cost and functionality that you need and consider this in between ACI and a Nexus deployment. Right now, ACI isn't super mature, and if you don't have people that are able to actually dig in and really learn ACI, Nexus still might be the best solution.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This solution works well and I would recommend it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This is a pretty solid product that complies with our design and gives us what we need. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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 far as advice, I would definitely say to try to look five years ahead, instead of just one or two. In our case, unique things about the nine K's are that they can run in iOS or ACI mode and that works with our planning. It was very favorable that we could maintain our current style of infrastructure that is not as automated. But then, through a transition plan, we won't need to buy new hardware to switch over to a more automated approach like with ACI. For us, that was a very favorable capability of this product that conformed to our future modeling.

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Real User

I rate the solution as a nine out of ten. The 7000 series switches, especially, I would put at nine out of ten. It is only not a ten because there is always room for improvement. The Nexus platform is very stable. It has a lot of features and does not fail. So if you are looking for performance, stability, and reliability, the Nexus product seems to me to be the best solution.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

In the decision-making process, we knew that we needed to invest in the solution depending on the company's growth vs. product capacity. We wanted to invest in a bigger and newer switch. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus at 8. It is going just great.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to 10, I would rate the product a 10 for the stability. The durability exceeded our expectations. Don't discard Cisco Nexus because of the price. Take a hard look at it. I would highly recommend it

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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Nexus at a ten. For the scalability, ease of use, and the way that we were able to deploy it to the data center: it worked. It was something very steady. Just go with it and make sure that you have your partners lined up.

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Real User

On a scale from one to 10, I would rate this product an eight just because I don't have to touch it. It works. I would recommend it from the aspect that it's been configured and we have not touched it since, aside from regular adds, moves, and changes. Go through someone who builds data centers for the most effective use of Cisco Nexus.

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Consultant

Start with a business problem that needs solving and a recognition that the current solutions don't meet the needs. Most of our clients are using a solution similar to Nexus already. Generally, amongst my customer base, it's mostly Catalyst and Nexus. On a scale of one to 10, I would rate this product an eight to nine. Part of that is my recent experience with Nexus overall. My gut instinct is it's probably lower than it was a couple of months back. Look at Nexus, but also take a look at Catalyst, depending on what it is specifically being used for. Catalyst is probably an easier device, but Nexus at least should be better for a data center. Look at both.

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Real User

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 particular product, even though it's still biased. Within the company, opportunities exist to talk about other options. A lot of times Cisco will bring a technical engineer, it's not just a sales rep trying to sell something. They'll bring their technical representatives that understand the environment and consider other options within the brand. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Nexus at a nine. I'm not sure I know everything about it to give it a ten.

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Top 20Real User

My advice to anybody researching this solution is to really look at what you have. See if it actually fits into your environment. In our case, a previous employee chose this solution because we had the money. It was the biggest, top-tiered product. When I came in and took over the network, we realized that it is too much for what we have. We're just wasting money. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I'd probably give Cisco Nexus an eight to nine, based on relatability and the ease of configuration. Given the overall reliability and stability of the Cisco product, it's worth the price over any other switching platform out there.

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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this product with a seven. Cisco Nexus needs to add the SDN capability and lower the price. Go with Cisco because of best practices and all the documentation that's out there.

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Real User

From my perspective and level of involvement in the deployment and use, I would rate this solution an eight out of ten based on the scalability, functionality, and ease of use.

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Real User

I would rate this product with an 8/10 because it is an excellent product but the licensing is the problem. Everything else is good. I would get as much training as you can.

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Real User

On a scale from one to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus an eight to nine.

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Real User

This is a very good product, although it would be nice to restrict the number of offerings. My suggestion is to evaluate ACI, SDN, and the Nexus 9000. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

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 technology on an old-age network that's not deployed in a spine and left topology, then the customer is going to have to do that anyway. The Cisco solution takes all of that into consideration as part of the deployment, so it is an optimized software-defined network when it's deployed for the customer. Overall, they are a pretty good switch, although it doesn't have some of the features that some of the previous lines have had. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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Real User

This is a really good product and something that I'm really familiar with. Anybody who has decided to implement this solution is making a good choice. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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Real User

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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Real User

I would rate this product as an eight out of ten, because it's a pretty good product. It's stable and reliable. It's definitely worth it.

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