Cisco Nexus 9500 Switch Performs Well in Study...Are They Right For You?

Cisco Nexus Switches Perform Well In Recent Study

When it comes to purchasing network hardware for your data center, IT managers are constantly looking for high preformance, reliable hardware that suits the needs of their organization. Based on a recent study, it appears that the Cisco Nexus 9500 switch fits that description.

A recent study by Miercom 40GE has concluded that Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure switches, the Nexus 9508 and Nexus 9516 with 36-port 40GE ACI Spine line cards, are now good solutions for high performance, low latency, and low power consumption.

Here are some highlights that the survey uncovered about these specific Cisco Nexus switches:
  • 65 percent lower latency under heavy loads. This switch will provide a faster connection than other switches available on the market.

  • Low jitter: The Cisco Nexus model will allow you to experience less jitter whether you are running a small or large frame operation.

  • 36 percent less power consumption than 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports on fully populated 288 x 40GE port switches in comparison to other power efficient switches on the market.

According to Director of Product Management at Cisco Thomas Scheibe, the Cisco Nexus models have been simplified and re-designed to improve operations.

“Combining merchant silicon and custom ASICs, the Nexus 9500 portfolio includes system innovations such as the industry’s first backplane-free modular switch, efficient power and cooling, and simpler design to improve mean time between failures.”

Scheibe went on to say that the 9500 model provides a “zero-touch” operation on high performance data center networks through optimized NX-OS software. It is ideal for high performance, high frequency trading applications as well as Big Data and cloud computing solutions that require advanced levels of connectivity.

The Big Questions...

Are you ready for these Cisco Nexus 9508 or 9516 switches? 
Does your organization need them yet?

These industry studies are a fantastic resource.  They provide great data on the latest technology and what it can do.  People read these studies and nearly everyone would love to upgrade or buy the equipment in these various studies.

However, business is not done in a vacuum.  There are conditions, variables, circumstances, limitations, and unique needs with each and every organization.

Do you have the budget?  Are your current switches meeting or exceeding your requirements?  Do you need all of the features and capabilities of the newer, more robust hardware? 

Maybe you'd be better off exploring one of the following options:

  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series

Often times, even when it is time to upgrade, organizations simply do not need the latest generation of switches or routers.  They may require much less.  If this is the case, the latest/greatest might be a bad investment.   Instead, you may want to explore more sensible network hardware options for your particular business needs. 


What do you think?  Are you going to implement Cisco Nexus switches?  What are your biggest challenges concerning your network hardware?

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