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Atul Torne
Sr. Backbone Architect at NTT Global Networks Incorporated
MSP
Top 5
Scalable, stable and easily installable, but more expensive than Juniper switches and lacks a single switch for multiple ports
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup is easy."
  • "It would be nice if the solution offered multiple types of port support."

What needs improvement?

Cisco Nexus could also have better documentation.

Moreover, it would be nice if the solution offered multiple types of port support. It does not have, for example, a single switch for both internet and fiber ports. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Nexus for around 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has demonstrated stability thus far. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For Cisco, we use Nexus and 2900.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As I deal with the technical aspects of the solution, I am not in a position to comment on the price. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We consider Juniper switches to be more affordable.

What other advice do I have?

I use the solution in my own company. It works.

There are around 500-plus devices being utilized in our organization. 

My advice to others is that they get initial hands-on experience in a lab environment. This should involve a proper grasp of the solution's features, such as that which concerns troubleshooting and may involve a different setup. Only at this point should one enter the production stage. 

I rate Cisco Nexus as a seven out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Robust architecture, reliable, and useful automation

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for many purposes. For example, to automate Nexus switches and to view the modern architecture network, such as SDN.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the solution is robust, you are able to use it for fabric architecture as well as SPAN on exit with the controller.

What needs improvement?

Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found Cisco Nexus switches highly scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable because of the architecture. We have…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for many purposes. For example, to automate Nexus switches and to view the modern architecture network, such as SDN.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the solution is robust, you are able to use it for fabric architecture as well as SPAN on exit with the controller.

What needs improvement?

Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found Cisco Nexus switches highly scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable because of the architecture. We have approximately 400 users using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am satisfied with the Cisco support, they are very good. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is very easy and it took me approximately 10 minutes to install.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of the solution ourselves. We have a few administrators that do the implementation and maintenance of the solution. We do not need a really big team because it can be automated, we need them mostly for orchestration.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Cisco Nexus a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Digital Transformation at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Beneficial logical tenant segregation, installation straightforward, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution in a data center farm.

What is most valuable?

We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.

What needs improvement?

The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

When it comes to the stability we had some issues with some software features due to a release bug. The hardware itself is pretty stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation is pretty straightforward, it takes approximately an…

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution in a data center farm.

What is most valuable?

We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.

What needs improvement?

The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

When it comes to the stability we had some issues with some software features due to a release bug. The hardware itself is pretty stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation is pretty straightforward, it takes approximately an hour. When you start with the configuration and moving forward from there, which is not only a matter of technical configuration or the key component but the integration into the environment, this can take several hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others before implantation this solution to study. There are some big changes in respect to the previous concept of networking. There is a learning curve that needs to be considered.

I rate Cisco Nexus an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Husam Kabaha
CTO at Mechkar
Real User
Top 5
Stable, easy to use, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

I use Cisco Nexus for the private cloud.

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Nexus for three years. We are using version six suite, 9372.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We don't have any issues with the stability of this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco Nexus is scalable. We have 2,000 to 3,000 people in our organization who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support.

How was the initial setup?

It could be easier to install. It…

What is our primary use case?

I use Cisco Nexus for the private cloud.

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Nexus for three years.

We are using version six suite, 9372.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We don't have any issues with the stability of this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco Nexus is scalable.

We have 2,000 to 3,000 people in our organization who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support.

How was the initial setup?

It could be easier to install.

It takes approximately two weeks to deploy.

I have a team of 10 IT people in the IT department to maintain this solution.

What about the implementation team?

I deployed the solution myself, I didn't use an integrator or consultant.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a virtual license.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it.

It's very good. I would rate cisco Nexus an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Yusuf Mian
Chief Technology Officer at Interlink Engineering Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 5
Reliable, easy to setup and deploy

What is our primary use case?

The primary uses of this solution are for managing email servers, EIP modules, and file servers.

What is most valuable?

Cisco Nexus meets all of our requirements.

What needs improvement?

I feel that this solution should be more flexible and scalable.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Nexus for approximately seven years. We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We do not have any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability needs improvement.

How are customer service and technical support?

We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial…

What is our primary use case?

The primary uses of this solution are for managing email servers, EIP modules, and file servers.

What is most valuable?

Cisco Nexus meets all of our requirements.

What needs improvement?

I feel that this solution should be more flexible and scalable.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Nexus for approximately seven years.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We do not have any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability needs improvement.

How are customer service and technical support?

We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward, and the deployment was easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not aware of the costs for this solution, it is handled by the accounting department.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this solution to other users who are interested in using it.

I would rate Cisco Nexus an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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