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Cisco Nexus Series Switches

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What is Cisco Nexus Series Switches?

Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

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Nexus of the DC Fabric

8 out of 10
December 07, 2023
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We use Cisco Nexus Series Switches for our data centre network to form the leaf spine topology based on VXLAN BGP EVPN fabric. It allows …
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Cisco nexus review

10 out of 10
August 15, 2023
Incentivized
Day to Day usage, configuration and monitoring, building L2 and L3 architecture for either custumer or our own network. Créating the …
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The Data Center's First Choice: Cisco Nexus Review
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches Review | The Easy Choice for Data Centers
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It's a perfect datacenter product - Cisco Nexus Series Review
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Starting Price

$49.00

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Maximum Price

$200,000.00

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Product Details

What is Cisco Nexus Series Switches?

Cisco Nexus Series Switches Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

Reviewers rate Implementation Rating highest, with a score of 8.9.

The most common users of Cisco Nexus Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I manage Data Center infrastructure for many customers and I can say that Cisco Nexus devices are able to grant resiliency, high throughput, low latency reducing TCO. Also software care is a good point: less probability to find critical bugs compared to IOS. In my work career I had the opportunity to work on N3K, N5K, N9K series products.
  • Managing a lot of traffic
  • Virtual port-channels
  • VDC
  • ACI software
  • API integration
  • Nexus Dashboard
Ideal for: Data center Core, integration with UCS but they are a little expensive if used only as data center access / top of rack
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them as infrastructure to provide service to our customers. We use them in Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities. Some issues we had is the small amount of capabilities they have regarding private vlans and vxlans, because it seems that there is a small amount of this combination allowed to "work as expected". On the other hand, we're happy with the performance.
  • Routing
  • Switching
  • Configuration mode
  • More capabilities with private vlans and vxlans combination
  • Decrease the outage when configuring a vxlan into an existing vlan
Is well suited to have them as the basis of your infrastructure, to have a fabric configuration, to deploy core and spine topology. They have nice look and field in order to being configurated, and also are powerful and robust regarding traffic capabilities and managing resources. Private vlans together with high amount of vxlans is not a valid scenario.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are running Cisco Nexus Series Switches in our datacenter infrastructure. We have fabricpath infrastructure, nexus spine leaf infrastructure in place on all out customer datacenters. I think this series is helping us to give to our customers great performance, liability and scalability. I have to say we are only running Cisco infrastructure for connecting hosts and customer services.
  • Scalability
  • Liability
  • Easy to maintain
  • OS patches
  • Support
  • OS upgrade
I think Cisco Nexus Series Switches are very good for scalability and let your customer's infrastructure grow more and more.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We use Cisco Nexus Series Switches for data center access as a "standalone" (NX-OS) and ACI leafs.
  • Line rate switching/routing
  • Decent buffers
  • OS code quality
  • Software reliability
Cisco Nexus Series Switches is a good fit for data center switches.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Nexus Series Switches are used for the DC switched network.
  • Switching
  • Performance
  • Easy management
  • Logging details
Cisco Nexus Series Switches does a pretty good job building up a large network and ensuring high performance and scalability.
December 07, 2023

Happy customer

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them at our data centres (Leaf, Spine and Super Spines). Deployed and Managed using NSO. We deploy new switches depending on customer requirements. Add new customers to existing network across multiple data centres in multiple states. We also do customer BAU maintenance troubleshooting by packet capturing. We also do the maintenance on switches by upgrading software.
  • Centralised control using NSO
  • Packet capture for troubleshooting
  • High speed interfaces and chassis
  • GUI based NSO
  • End to end GUI view for provisioning and troubleshooting
  • AI to detect future failures and threats
Perfect for Data centre environment across multiple sites. Customers can move their port in the same site or across the sites without any issue. With VxLan Multiple networks can use these Cisco Nexus Series Switches fabrics to pass traffic and stay separated. They have high speed ports and fabric, supported by protocols the data transfer is seamless.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Nexus Series Switches 9300 are our main networking devices. It is at the centre of our dc infrastructure. It is one of the critical devices among our fleet and I can say holds an integral part of our network infrastructure. That way it requires resiliency and good work performance, not to mention the ease of management.
  • Data Centre Switching
  • Programmable Fabric
  • Routing
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Controller support
  • Packet Capturing capabilities (built in)
It's one of the industry standards and one of the well know products that specialises in networking. It has come a long way from the traditional catalyst switches in the past.
December 07, 2023

Nexus of the DC Fabric

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Nexus Series Switches for our data centre network to form the leaf spine topology based on VXLAN BGP EVPN fabric. It allows the Bank to build a scalable and flexible data centre fabric without a large L2 fault domain in the core.
  • Relatively stable and feature rich
  • Different form factor to meet different connectivity requirements
  • API-driven and easily integrate with Bank automation pipeline
  • In service software upgrade and / or reliable maintenance mode (GIR)
  • Less high-impact software bugs from bug scrubs
  • Longer period for so called "longlife" software version release for stability reasons
Well suited to DC environments that demand high-performance, scalability and stability/reliability.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Nexus Series Switchesin our primary virtualisation infrastructure network. We use a mixture of Nexus 9336, 93180YC and 2332T FEX for high bandwidth datacentre switching. We utilise vPC for highly available server connections.
  • vPC Etherchannel
  • Multiprotocol switching
  • Basic Routing
  • Providing grpc telemetry
Cisco Nexus Series Switches are fantastic in a datacentre scenario for high port counts and ToR applications. Modularity with FEX units is very useful. They would be overkill as a workgroup switch.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our scope is only data center networking. So business problems, we are not involved in that. It's only a pure data center environment and networking environment.
  • We are already a long-time user of this product, so we build a lot of automation and stuff around it and then it's performing quite well.
  • No, not at the moment.
The product is, let's say we have a lot of different switches in the same product line and it's not always easy to follow up on the feature deployment they have in the new products. So sometimes they are going, this product line is moving faster than we reinvest or are able to reinvest.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have it in our data center lab. It's the core of our network down there. So it's basically everything goes through it. It's our high-speed core. High-speed uplinks to the rest of the company is provided by those switches, so we need high speed, we need redundancy, and that provides all of that. We run something called VPCs, which are multiple links that appear as one on the Nexus. So there's redundancy and speed, basically.
  • Well it runs its own NX iOS, which is iOS like, which I'm very familiar with. So it's easy to configure, there's lots of support for it, lots of documentation. I got to say I've never had a problem with it in three years. So it does pretty much everything well that we needed to do.
  • I can't think any off the top of my head.
For the core of the data center or top of rack configurations, it's excellent, as far as I'm concerned. Probably not appropriate as an access type switch in your closet before a small deployment, small office type deployment. It's not really meant for that. It's for high speed backbone connectivity, you know, 40G, a 100G, 10G, that kind of stuff.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use currently the Cisco seven K and five K combo with effects extenders in our data centers, for the county. We have a primary and a redundant data center over about a 30-kilometer WAN. And those data centers are fully tied together with OTV with four redundancies among the cores. As a government organization, we have a lot of important departments that require a consistent and you know, basically constant availability of data, right? Including things like, you know, 911 and police and you know human services, all kinds of very important services. The system provides a backbone for the entire county's network that spreads across the entire county. And it needs to be up and running all the time. And that's what it does. Keeps that running all the time.
  • Things that we really like about the Cisco Nexus products is that they are incredibly reliable. That's a big thing, right? As we're running the core of a system and they need to be up all the time and we need to have reliable not just reliable performance, but also high performance.
  • We want to have everything run as fast as it can run and they provide low latency, fast performance in our data center with, you know, high availability, high uptime, and that's what we need and that's what it does.
  • Well, I mean the Cisco Nexus products are high-end data center switches. They're not the easiest thing to configure. They have a lot of ins and outs you need to know about them. But you know, it's getting better with some of the newer products, but we're still running those out like Nexus Dashboard and ACL and things like that. But yeah, they're definitely not like, you know, not for the beginner to try and implement.
It is a perfect data center product, so I mean, it is meant to provide very high performance in that in your data center. It moves data from point to point incredibly quickly and very latency. That's something that you don't see on some lower-end switches where like the latency from say a server to another server might vary a little bit. It might pop up and down. You get like these little bumps in performance, but a lot of the data centers, you don't want that. You want consistent, easy performance. You want that, not only the throughput to be there all the time, but you want it to be consistent, not bursty or little laggy bubbles of performance. And that's what this thing does. They were incredibly consistent Right before.
August 15, 2023

Cisco nexus review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Day to Day usage, configuration and monitoring, building L2 and L3 architecture for either custumer or our own network. Créating the nessecary need for our infrastructures with firewall, housing, mpls and ISP. We use those switch to connect our customer or resell them as network core.
  • Ease of configuration
  • Vpc
  • Max Mac address
  • Sfp are sort of hard to plus in on the top slot
Good for top of rack switch, only time i find it not well suited is when its too expensive for the needs.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
All the wired endpoints are connected to these access switches and provide necessary access to enterprise resources
  • daily operations with out any issues
  • easy software migration
  • Build secure network
  • easy access
  • GUI navigation
  • single pane of glass to manage all the switches
well suited for Big and small enterprises and where security is priority
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We currently utilizing cisco nexus switches in a spine leaf topology in our datacenter processing our streaming content. Cisco Nexus switches utilizing spine/leaf and vxlan allow us to scale at the pace we need.
  • Flexible port density/speed options
  • High throughput ports (400gb)
  • well known operating system
  • qos implementation is more complicated than other options
  • lead times are excessive
Data center deployment utilizing vlxan where scalability is important
Patricia Duran Garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Use them in data center, as CLOS fabric (BGP EVPN VXLAN) and as a core switches in the out-of-band management network in data centers and enterprises.
  • Routing - all essentials routing stack
  • Overlay networking (VXLAN over L3 network)
  • Wide range of port and breakout combinations
  • Some customers want to see more VPN connectivity options on nexus switches (like OpenVPN, WireGuard etc.)
  • More than 1 guestshell
Extremely well - all CLOS fabric use cases, all data center scenarios.
Very well - as a enterprise core/distribution switches, more flexible that Catalyst series.

And of course they lack some enterprise access features, like PoE, which is make them less appropriate to use as enterprise access layer equipment.
Olivier Desnoë | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Nexus 9000 switches to transport video and audio in replacement of SDI technology, using the IPFM Cisco setup. Media is transported within sites and also across site, as well as with partners.
  • multicast
  • routing
  • time synchronization
  • NETCONF
  • telemetry
  • CLI
Cisco Nexus 9000 has everything you may need.
Kaan Dağlı | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using nexus switches at our 6 different data centers at Turkey. After swapping our Catalyst 6500 and 4500 with 7000 Series NXOS devices we faced lots of problems and service interruption. The 6500 series was really good but I can't say same for Nexus 7000 Series devices. On the other hand the 9300 Series are very stable and we are very satisfied with this product. No service interruption, no bugs, and easy to use.
  • Stable
  • Easy to use
  • Low price
  • L3 features are not powerful enough
Cisco Nexus is best for when you need cheap and stable data network. It supports lots of protocols and easy to implement them. Also you can use it as top of rack switches, which allow you to reduce cabling costs. 9300 routing features are not very powerful. You need to evaluate another series as a router.
February 11, 2023

N9K review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use NxK's for datacenterswitching. They are reliable - but not the software (NX OS) isn't completely without bugs. We currently see N9K as both our current and future platform. For now we only run NX OS, but look forward to migrate into ACI or maybe NDFC in the near future.
  • High speed dataswitching
  • Fairly easy to administer in CLI
  • Stable
  • Good looking ;-)
  • NX OS is way cooler than CatOS
  • Easier visual access to hardware information (MAC-addr / SN / PN, etc) Servers has a cool plastic label to be pulled out in the front to get essential information. Cisco has a label on top of chassis, which is impossible to see when installed in rack.
  • Ability to locate a certain switch - just like switchport beacon. Maybe flashing logo/hostname on front AND back when enabled.
  • Lower prices.
Fairly stable and easy to operate - but I haven't any experience with other brands, so I don't have anything to compare with.
Fairly fast in the OS.
Easy to upgrade - but with some SW issues. Sometimes clearing of log folders is needed.
Access to bash is cool.
Tips & cool tricks for operations could be nice to share.

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Nexus switches are used in the datacenter to accomplish a stable and scalable network.
  • vxlan with control plane
  • Scalability with spine leaf design.
  • Routed underlay, no more spanning-tree
  • Another tool for management, DCNM does not work well.
High performance and scalable datacenters.
February 11, 2023

Happy customer :)

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the nexus 9k to host DCN platforms that needs high bandwidth and high availablity. We designed this part of the newtork to be resiliant and fastly scalabe in case we need future extension or changes
  • High desnity
  • Vpc
  • Low latency
  • Resiliency
Not an access switch ! Definetly a DC switch
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