My Cisco NX-OS Review
August 20, 2020

My Cisco NX-OS Review

John Patrick Duro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco NX-OS

We used Cisco NX-OS on our various Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, 4000, and 1000V deployments. It is being used globally or across the whole organization. It resolves the following business problems we have:
1. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) - for centralization and administration of our connected departments.
2. Virtual PortChannel - we required to have Layer 2 multipathing without changing the existing deployments.
3. Software compatibility - we needed to have flexibility with other network OS.
  • Software compatibility
  • Virtual PortChannel
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Port profiles
  • Autolearn feature for network security configuration - it is not learning as expected and performance is poor.
  • Etheranalyzer - WireShark is more user friendly.
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) - it's too complex to set up.
  • It provides 99.9999% availability to us. Devices with Cisco NX-OS very seldom have availability issues.
  • Great ROI due to bundled features, easy deployment, and responsive after-sales support.
  • It has fewer vulnerabilities detected or exploited in comparison with other network OS.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS
Cisco NX-OS is more advantageous in terms of return-of-investment, built-in functionalities, regular updates or patches, and security compliance. Competitors mentioned for sure lack one or two items that I stated that Cisco NX-OS has. Also, very notable is the good after-sales support in which competitors need more improvement in comparison to Cisco NX-OS.
Cisco support never fails me. In terms of timely response, no one is on par with them. They really value the impact of having technical issues and potential business stoppage. Also, their support staff are well equipped with knowledge and skills and easily resolve the most common incidents. Most of the time, we can resolve an issue by just calling them once.

Do you think Cisco NX-OS delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco NX-OS's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco NX-OS live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco NX-OS go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco NX-OS again?

Yes

It is well suited if you have full-blown Cisco solution deployments across the globe because of its compatibility with other Cisco species or technologies. Also, it has a lot of innovative functionalities that you will not find on other network OS from efficiency to security compliance to routing and management effectiveness. If you are looking for an all-purpose OS, go for it, but if you are just requiring specific services that can be found on other network OS, go for that because Cisco is not cheap.