Nexus -- Warp Speed Networking
September 13, 2019

Nexus -- Warp Speed Networking

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Nexus

Our organization uses Cisco Nexus devices in our data center as both our spine and leaf layers. These solve several problems for us: most notably, the packet forwarding is fantastic, but additionally, the simplicity of these devices having advanced troubleshooting tools and a usable programming interface (NX-API) really makes them quite valuable to our team.
  • Supported API.
  • Fast Packet Forwarding.
  • Advanced Troubleshooting Tools.
  • Obnoxious minor differences in syntax (when compared to other Cisco devices).
  • When issues arise, they can range from innocuous to weird.
  • Updates can be painfully difficult, or require "stepped-upgrades."
  • Faster Network Speeds.
  • It brought our data center equipment back into supported territory.
  • Allowed for the automation of network troubleshooting and changes.
We chose the Nexus series over the Catalyst series based on performance and the future roadmap of the Catalyst series. Our vendor told us that the Catalyst system was going to begin focusing on campus networks; meanwhile, the Nexus was the future of the data center. Couple that with the enhanced performance, forwarding, and troubleshooting capabilities, and you have a clear choice.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Cisco support is really good at being quick with their replies until they discover it's not a "network-down emergency." They start by immediately responding to your e-mails & inquiries, and the minute they discover that it's not a huge deal the tech-support employee "goes on vacation," defers you to someone else, and that person immediately takes three days to answer any e-mails... and then he just asks for different outputs.

Do you think Cisco Nexus delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Nexus's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Nexus live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Nexus go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Nexus again?

Yes

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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.