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Score 8.6 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Nexus

The Nexus platform does well at being a data center platform with modular software packages and options. It does a decent job at being a data center platform with a Cisco syntax (and at times it can really be annoying). I would advise its use in a Cisco dominated environment that has deep pockets (these things are NOT cheap). I wouldn't use them in a non-Cisco shop, or one that doesn't have the money to spend all in one place.
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Pros

Cisco Nexus

  • These switches are easily programmable. If you are looking at SDN but aren't quite there yet, this switch line is a great starting point. They support DevOps tools, which make automation extremely quick and efficient.
  • There are so many options in this product line, making Nexus a great switch for pretty much any deployment. You can stack switches or use the modular switch, whatever fits your need.
  • These switches support VXLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant network environment, and is perfect for cloud services.
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Cons

Cisco Nexus

  • More Linux based commands
  • Add more programming support in the 5k and 7k series switches. While support for programming and automation is very extensive some small improvements could be made
  • Support for additional Python packages, support for more structure protocols like YML, YANG, XML, and JSON
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Support

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.5
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Cisco's technical support coverage for the software application products and suites that keep your systems and your business running smoothly.
Our Nexus is supported with premium Smartnet. We had opened multiple TAC cases with Cisco got very well supported. it enables us to protect our IaaS Services and overall business.
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Nexus

We had a really good deal on the Cisco which helped a lot when making our choice, but we mainly wanted reliability and the ability to update/reboot one of the switches in a cluster configuration (not a stack).

Dell was still lower in price, but we wanted a renowned brand known for its reliability. HP would have been a good choice also, but the price wasn't near Cisco and we considered them equivalent in reliability.

Our distribution switches are also Cisco so that meant fewer points of contact for us in case of problems and also similar CLI commands.
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Return on Investment

Cisco Nexus

  • Nexus has allowed us to reduce the time needed to create and maintain data network configurations.
  • We're able to optimize application performance much better in the Nexus product line than under comparable IOS-based devices.
  • The cost of implementing and maintaining a Nexus-based environment is significantly higher than IOS-based equivalent devices.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Nexus

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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