Cisco Nexus Series Switches

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

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10 out of 10
March 28, 2022
Cisco Nexus 7000 series switch is being used across the whole organization. It is one of our data center core switch. It provides core …
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What is Cisco Nexus Series Switches?

Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

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Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 9.3.

The most common users of Cisco Nexus Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use dual Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches at the core of data centers for all east-west traffic as well as north-south. One switch is an A side device and one is a redundant B side device. These switches are responsible for all layer two switching out to the compute and storage cabinets as well as all the layer three routing inside the data center. I have virtual servers running in the compute and storage cabinets that are directly connect to the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches.
  • Layer two switching with wire speed: With this product, all switching is done at wire speeds, so if your source/destination can pump enough data to these switches, it can handle it.
  • High capacity layer three routings: Depending on your needs, there is a very good possibility that from a layer three perspective, these switches can handle your workloads. For example, we run redundant switches, which require a virtual gateway that is shared between the two physical switches and we've never had a problem with layer three routing on these switches.
  • Dependable, with serious uptime: Years ago, when we first installed them was the only time they have been powered off or on. Add that the only time these switches have ever been restarted was in maintenance windows as part of a software upgrade - they just flat out work.
  • The levers used to remove line cards could be in a better physical location.
  • I would have preferred the power cables to attach to the rear of the switch.
  • Leaving room for cable management would have been nice.
If you need a switch that simply works and is available 365/7/24, then this is certainly one that should be at the top of your list. In all the years we've been running these Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches, the only time we restart them is when we are doing software upgrades. They are rock solid.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are implementing DC projects for different customers that use [Cisco] Nexus 9000 [Series] Switches. Both the technical department and presales department are using these switches. Since the switches are most of the time in ACI mode (there are some NXOS instances as well), there are several business problems [that] are being addressed: high availability of services, geo-redundancy, and lowering operational costs through the use of automation.
  • VPC
  • Low latency
  • Rest API
  • Telemetry
  • Less bugs
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches are very well suited for a DC environment.
May 14, 2022

Cisco Nexus Switch

VINIT LAKHOTIYA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Well, we use a few of the Cisco Switches in our organization, as it's more reliable, flexible, high density, and performance good too. With Cisco Switches, we have fewer outages in terms of any downtime.
  • Cisco Nexus Series Switches are really good for data center usage and they offer flexibility, high density, and performance for top-of-rack deployments.
  • So far found Cisco switches with no issue but yes still cisco can think of making them a little compact, user-friendly GUI interface to go through and operate them.
  • Cisco should implement or have have more user friendly interface to operate switches.
I have been using Cisco Nexus Series Switches for a long time and found them more appropriate compared with others, but maybe some other vendors have different switches to offer. I haven't tried them so can't say whether Cisco is missing any options or tools.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Nexus 7000 series switch is being used across the whole organization. It is one of our data center core switch. It provides core routing and fast switching functions for our data center services. All our services from email, DHCP, DNS, and SVIs to other services like web, app and DB pass through this switch.
  • Virtualization of zones/segments within a data center (DC) can be done on a single Nexus switch. Hence, it saves space for having multiple hardware in the DC.
  • Scalability is easily achieved due to its modular line card structure.
  • Ease of configuration and management; you enable the features that you need.
  • Implementing jumbo frames on interfaces of its fabric extender series (N2k, etc.) by editing the network QoS does not have to be a global configuration that would affect all its interfaces. It can be improved to become just an interface configuration.
  • Licensing on the NXOS is a bit complicated and expensive. I understand that the Nexus is made for core data center switching but it does not have to break the bank.
  • OTV technology is for Nexus only. Based on the advantage of the technology, it should be made vendor-neutral to accommodate other vendor devices.
Cisco Nexus is almost the best for the data center. The virtualization ability (Virtual Device Context) of a Cisco Nexus to compress the need for multiple hardware in the data center is top-notch. Cisco Nexus also integrates well with DevOp automation tools due to its flexible API. Hence, the experience you get with network automation and programmability on the NXOS is huge. Configuration of Cisco Nexus is pretty easy. Cisco has great documentation to enable anyone to configure a Cisco Nexus switch. The only less appropriate scenario I see in terms of configuration is that I have to do VPC to a switch then connect a server to the non-VPC switch. It would be interesting to set up VPC between Nexus and a Host server, thereby eliminating the switch in between.
Score 9 out of 10
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In addition to purchasing a new switch, it is possible to completely expand desires or scales completely, so the modular configuration of the large switch is fair. We use these switches with the company's core switches and provide reliable performance and reliable performance that works properly. These switches are very strong and relatively long running that offers excessive performance.
  • It has good speed
  • It is reliable
  • A managed switch requires a technical supervisor.
  • It is an expensive product with a high learning curve to implement, so you need to seek help from the technical support department.
Data center keys are designed especially designed to support very high traffic in an effective way. We also want to assess the SDN function to make sure that the company is useful. WARNING: The same key does not provide a complete SDN experience. The application environment and the entire infrastructure must be designed. It is strongly suggested that you can avoid being used for normal positions that are not very specific to load very high networks to load very specific requirements. There are many families and other brands and is suitable for their services in a simple conversation. The key support series considers the Cisco Nexus 9000 training team and the architecture of the same catalyst.
Edwin Labirua | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use the Cisco Nexus 9000 as the core router of our data center, which is the hub of the company. Besides being our main routers, they are also being utilized as the main switches in our data center. We have a pair for redundancy with 40-gigabit connections between. One business problem the Cisco Nexus 9000 helps resolve is to reduce the space use and power consumption in our data center. Migrating to it, allowed us to combine our core routers and core switching environment. We also wanted to take advantage of the Nexus' features and flexibility in our growing environment.
  • The Cisco Nexus 9000 has a virtual port channel (vPC) allowing us to bundle links between the two switches increasing the bandwidth available to the device.
  • The ease of configuration of the ports in the Nexus 9000. In Catalyst switches, you have to be specific if a port is either FastEthernet, gigabit Ethernet, or ten-gigabit Ethernet. In the Nexus 9000, all port is Ethernet port, making the command used universally, unlike the Catalyst line.
  • The Nexus 9000 provides more features compared to the Catalyst line.
  • The Nexus 9000 has 40GB capability increasing thru-put.
  • Consolidate NX-OS updates, multiple components of the Nexus 9000 had to be updated manually compared to the Catalyst.
  • Licensing for the Cisco 9000 can be complicated. A more straightforward licensing model would benefit us greatly.
  • The Nexus 9000 OS can be buggy depending on the version you are one. We had to perform 2 subsequent upgrades to fix a bug.
The Cisco Nexus 9000 is well suited as the core switch router in data centers. We use them as our main routers using both EIGRP and BGP. We make use of the increased thru-put it's capable of with 10GB ethernet ports and the 40 gigabits interconnect between them. It's not well suited for non-data center locations. The features of the Nexus 9000 are wasted if not utilized in a data center environment.
John DuFour | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We run a typical 3 tiered infrastructure. The Nexus line of switches is ideal for Core, Distribution 7 server farm. We have the 9500s as our Core with 9300s for distribution and our server farm.
  • Scalable
  • Reliable
  • Easy to support.
  • They should be support with DNAC.
  • We had to buy additional NGA switches to support NetFlow.
We had Catalyst 6500s in our core setup in HA (high availability). It was a collapsed Core/Distribution. We upgraded to the Nexus line of switches when we moved our Data Center. We went with a 3 tiered approach and moved the distribution (Nexus 9300s) to a cable distribution point in each building. This saved us a ton of money on fiber cabling. We choose the Nexus 9500s for our Core and Nexus 9300s for our Server Farm.
Score 9 out of 10
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Use a Cisco Nexus 900 Series switch as the primary switch in your data center. I have used various functions like EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, etc. These switches are easy to configure compared to other families. The setup is simple but comprehensive, and since the vendor is Cisco, you can count on ongoing support throughout its lifetime. The high costs associated with purchasing Cisco products are a disadvantage.
  • Extremely scalable.
  • Integration with the network is very good.
  • Cost is high.
  • First time setup is tiresome.
It is the leader in data center switches and I can say that managing the required traffic throughput is essential for any large enterprise. In addition, Cisco support is industry-leading, always very useful with hardware or software issues, and well worth the extra cost.
Patricia Duran Garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It is a very necessary system for us since before the traffic management was very bad, although I am from the Human Resources department we decided to be part of the implementation because better results would be achieved if all the departments were totally soaked. The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches have surprised us since they offer smooth navigation traffic. It is a scalable system, and they also have low power consumption, which generates positive economic results. It is excellent for CC environments, which allows better data integration, greater fluidity of very high traffic, ensures greater network connectivity, and very favorable results.
  • Favorable effects on traffic handling, good traffic segmentation, and seamless network integration.
  • The energy expenditure is minimal and favors us economically.
  • Now we have more benefits with our LAN network.
  • Downtime is over, we are now more productive and with great traffic segmentation.
  • It is an expensive product with a high learning curve to implement, so it is necessary to ask for help from the technical support service.
If you want to have worthwhile switches and positive traffic handling results, you should consider purchasing Cisco Nexus 9000 series switches as they will reduce downtime, have better network fluidity, and better scalable results. The implementation takes longer than expected, but the technical support and user community add to the benefits and help a lot.
Score 10 out of 10
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Implemented a multi-pod ACI design in order to provide active/active DC services for our critical applications. The Nexus 9Ks have performed admirably and efficiently for use cases, especially on 14.x/15.x versions of code. Having the underlying complexity of the VXLAN/COOP/MP-BGP/IS-IS fabric abstracted away has allowed us to focus on shaping - and implementing - the business policy instead. We also implemented Nexus 9Ks for the inter-pod network in NXOS mode.
  • ACI / VXLAN-based fabric overlay
  • Affordable high-speed switching
  • Stability of SNMP / monitoring
  • Clarity of ACI's network abstraction
  • Licensing
Cisco offers a competitive data center offering with the Nexus 9Ks, whether in traditional NXOS mode or in managed-fabric ACI mode. As long as Cisco retains standard (fixed/perpetual) licensing and doesn't force users into costly subscription licensing the Nexus 9000s will remain our go-to for our data center switching needs.
Score 7 out of 10
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we use Cisco Nexus 9000 series switches for our data center and set up a private cloud for our customers.
  • easy to manage
  • reliable
  • effective
  • so far we did not encounter much issues
the connection is ok and we have used it for years without [many] issues. it is suitable for our data center and we use it to connect our servers to set up a private cloud
The support was prompt and we did not encounter much issues with them
It did not give much problems since go-live and our engineers only need to do routine maintenance and patches
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Nexus 900 Series Switches in all our datacenters due to the heavy traffic that we pass through, both north-south and east-west, to consider lower families of switches such as Catalyst. We use Cisco ACI in conjunction with the Cisco Nexus 900 Series Switches flattening the network topology aiming towards an SDN (Software Defined Network) approach. I admit we are not using ACI the way we should in order to maximize the investment though.
  • Handle really high workloads (>100Gbps) pretty well.
  • Introduces SDN in datacenters via ACI.
  • Very reliable/stable platform.
  • Require high level of specialization to manage.
  • The most expensive family of switches that I'm aware of, any brand included.
Datacenter caliber switches are very specifically designed to support VERY high loads of traffic in an effective way. Also, it would be nice to evaluate its SDN (ACI) capabilities to see if it's worth it to leverage in the company. Warning: the switch itself won't give a FULL SDN experience. The entire application and Infrastructure environment needs to be architected for this. I would strongly suggest avoiding using them for regular site branches unless there are very specific requirements with very high network loads (>100 Gbps). There are plenty of other families and brands that are better suited to serve them at a much lower cost and with easier interaction. Consider training the team in charge of supporting Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches as commands and architecture are not the same as Catalyst.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cisco Nexus 900 Series Switches as the core switches in our datacenter. We used variety of features like EIGRP, OSPF, BGP etc. These switches are easy to configure compared with other product families.
Cisco has a strong user community and customer focus. There are multiple features like performance REST API are included in these switches. Scale availability is another feather for Cisco Nexus 900 Series Switches.
Joshua Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in our data centers. They have provided stable switching functionality and have proven to be durable and stable long term. The configuration is simple but expansive, and with the vendor being Cisco, you can count on continued support for the entire length of life. The downside is the higher cost that is associated with purchasing Cisco products.
  • Switching
  • VLAN configuration
  • Network integration
  • High cost
These are data center level (enterprise-level) devices and should be treated as such. While this also means a higher cost, it also means a higher level of service and quality. These would be the switch of choice for establishing core LAN networks in a data center environment. I would not install these at customer sites as the cost would be too high and offer more capabilities than necessary.
Score 9 out of 10
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This is our core datacenter switch, and all our traffic routes through it for internal and external traffic. We have it installed as a dual switch, so we have redundancy and a backplane between the two switches. We use copper and fiber connections to get the best throughput possible out of it.
  • Handling multiple VLANs
  • Security and segmentation of traffic
  • Fiber and copper connections
  • Cost is high
  • Configuration can be lengthy
It is a leader in data center switches, and I would say it is needed for any large enterprises to handle the traffic throughput that they would need. Also, Cisco support is the best out there and is always very helpful in hardware or software issues and well worth the extra cost.
Cate Joe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Nexus acts as the primary DC switch, that get integrated with other solutions, with the aim of data integration, connectivity, and standardization. Besides, Cisco Nexus handles very highly traffic database, with the accuracy and the sensitivity demanded. Cisco Nexus is a data center, where there is guarantee of quality screening, no redundancy, and there is articulate speedy performance. Cisco Nexus provides us with almost 120 GBPS Cores, which has 6 groups, that advances the performance.
  • Perfect in terms of scalability and efficiency.
  • Extensive speed, and unified fabric, which supports networking.
  • Wide range bandwidth, with extensive coverage.
  • Slightly high in terms of cost and deployment process.
  • Some unfixed bugs still requires some updates.
  • Licensing is slightly technical, and hence, requires some focus.
Cisco Nexus handles high valued traffic, from different database, and ensures there is proper switches which works with several applications. Further, Cisco Nexus uses the Artificial intelligence capacity, that creates a sustainable analytical approach. The cores that Cisco Nexus has for sppedy processing are above 256 GBPS. Finally, Cisco Nexus helps us manage our different data centers, with the right network, for efficient traffic recording.
Score 8 out of 10
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Upgraded from CAT3750 to CAT9300 which added for higher bandwidth on the uplinks and speed, with UPOE, we are able to power devices efficiently.
  • Hight performance
  • Stability
  • Scalability
  • Ease of config and operation management
  • IOS firmware update roadmap
  • Hardware add-in modules compatibility and availability
  • Cisco call home licensing set up
Cisco Catalyst switch 9300s has been a smooth upgrade/transition from Cisco Catalyst 3750s as it was a simple config transition from 3750s config with a few modifications on the uplink modules config. The Catalyst 9300 has increased our throughput and bandwidth between MDF and Core which was a huge improvement for users and businesses.
Juan Francisco Chicaiza Meza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Currently, we use a traditional three-layer architecture (core, access, and distribution), and our applications have increased by 50%, and east-west traffic increased considerably, so it was possible to detect that there is a high latency in communication between servers. [...] We found a solution and is to change our architecture to spine-leaf using the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series [Switches].
  • The switches are modular so they have a high scalability.
  • Switches have low power consumption.
  • Single orchestrator switch management.
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches allow us to have an automated data center.
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches have become an information platform for decision making.
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches allow for easy provisioning and integration when adding new equipment.
For me, the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches adapt to any scenario, such as a large company or a small company. Since modularity allows us to start with something small and increase according to our needs, you can integrate switches from another series such as the 2000, and it's compatible with those of the 9000 series. Therefore, it is recommended for any type of business.
Atul Torne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Nexus as [...] distribution, aggregation, and core switches. We use these switches across the globe in our pop to connect our inline devices. This helps us to manage our internal core infrastructure as we as build our cloud infrastructure. These switches provide us [with] high availability and redundant infrastructure for our core devices. Cisco Nexus [is] easy to build, manage, and implement. We get nice and quick support [from] Cisco.
  • Provide redundant infrastructure
  • Give us more port count
  • Easy to implement and manage
  • Option to increase port density using flex modules
  • GUI interface to manage
  • Virtual chassis capability
[It's] most suitable in [a] data center environment. You can also use [it] to connect servers to get high availability uplinks. Bundle links (port channels) to get more bandwidth for connected devices. Use different models for 1G, 10G, 40G requirements. Split 40G ports into 10G ports in some cases. You can also use as access layer switches as well as distribution layer switches.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Nexus is used to process invoices and purchase orders - this includes automatic workflow trees for the appropriate approvals. These can be approved, rejected, queried from within [Cisco] Nexus. [Cisco] Nexus is also used to run reports on the data stored within, such as payment records which is helpful when a set of data needs to be isolated for investigation.
  • Ease of use processing
  • Good investigative reports
  • Strong set of useful features
  • User [inter]face could be more user friendly
  • The self scanning and uploading feature could be improved
  • More customization on templates and how to use them
[Cisco] Nexus is very well suited when processing PO's or invoices received from vendors. This can take the form of uploading PDFs or having vendors send them to you directly. It does have an autoscan feature but often times in my experience, getting the documents into the correct format takes longer than the actual processing manually.
Score 9 out of 10
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Some time ago when our data center was made up of stand-alone physical servers and some virtualized servers, we had the need to have a solution of more powerful and robust Switches. This is why, for our main datacenter, we opted to use Nexus Switches as Top of Rack and increase the speed and performance levels towards 10Gbps and 40 Gbps speeds that a datacenter must operate at.
  • High level throughput
  • Very stable and robust
  • Good performance
  • Expensive support cost
  • High learning curve
  • Complicated licensing model
Cisco Nexus provides a solution to connect your data center that is very reliable and solid. During our years of use with this equipment we have not had major problems such as service stops or network drops. Before any hardware problems [occured], the support quickly provided us with an RMA for replacement, five stars definitely.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco Nexus 9000 series is widely used as data center spine and leaf switches and also for some edge use cases. A wide range of products and services within wireless, voice, and video use Cisco Nexus switches.
  • Cisco has the best Customer support--TAC
  • Cisco Nexus supports a wide range of protocols and features
  • Speed of rolling out new features and functionality needs to be improved
  • Needs to streamline commands across different Cisco platforms
Well-suited for enterprise and datacenter use cases. Spine leaf architecture with Cisco Nexus 9000 leads to high availability and easy scalability. It's compatible with most other vendor equipment as well.

Not suited for core and backbone networks or for small enterprises due to high capital expenditure.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Nexus switches are being used within our organization as our data center core. This means that it handles all the highly valued traffic for development, production, quality assurance[,] and more. Cisco Nexus switches are a must in a data center environment where you need to guarantee traffic at particular speeds and reliability.
  • Processing
  • High bw utilization
  • Spine-leaf architecture
  • Different feel compared to Catalyst switches
  • Have to enable features to use
  • Licensing
Cisco Nexus switches are designed for data center environments or other environments that require high bandwidth switching. This includes mainly server connections with many virtual machines residing on them, fabric channel of ethernet[,] or something similar. Nexus is not suited for user switches, WAN switches, or other switches that don't need a lot of processing power.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cisco Nexus gear for our core network services in our datacenter. Nexus switches have enabled us provide all services from a central switching stack and reduce necessary switches in our environment.
  • 10g copper, 1g copper, SFP fibre, switch stacking, cable balancing
  • Extremely good network speeds, and easy administration of switch config
  • Excellent integration to Cisco monitoring and config backup software
  • Some limited switch commands on the lower 3k series
  • Quite costly versus catalyst series that has most all the hardware and software features
  • For those that like cloud management these don't include this
Cisco Nexus switches are best suited for core network, extremely high uptime requirements, unique fibre/copper network cabling configurations, and necessary monitoring. Contrarily, it's best to choose other switches for small branch office networking, simple cabling requirements for low usage and for networks with minimal network mgmt skills in house.
Score 10 out of 10
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We're using Cisco Nexus platform on our primary and secondary datacenters on a leaf-spine architecture for about 6 years now.
Our need to increase the communication throughput on our Datacenter, between the datacenter equipments and also from datacenter to end-users, lead us to decide for this design / architecture.
We had some guidance from Cisco and from a local Cisco partner / channel during the implementation project.
We have Cisco Nexus 7k as our top of racks and 2 Cisco Nexus 9k as our datacenter's core. All the communication is redundant and we have at least 10Gb communication between all datacenter equipment.
  • Reliability - Cisco is a well known player due to its products reliability.
  • High throughput.
  • CLI interaction and commands are friendly and familiar.
  • Scalability.
  • Price - Cisco equipment is quite expensive in Brazil.
  • In the last years it required a lot of bug fixes.
It's well suited for medium and large enterprise scales looking for converged datacenter infrastructure and low latencies.
Cisco Nexus is a very reliable platform and Cisco is the biggest player on the Network market. They also have a great support.
The licensing model is still a little bit confusing for me, and the prices in Brazil are quite expensive. So, these are the cons to consider.