The aptly named Cisco Nexus is all about connections and has certainly garnered a lot of attention. Add to that the powerhouse that is Cisco marketing and voila! You have yourself a product on the minds and hearts of system admins and CIO's everywhere. But is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Let's dabble in some details, shall we? Here is our Cisco Nexus review:
Sound great? Certainly it’s an impressive product, but does your organization need Cisco Nexus switches yet? With a significant price tag it bears consideration.
So what are the other reasons you might drop it like it’s hot?
So what does it all mean?
While the Nexus boasts impressive numbers of connections and throughput it is by no means a replacement for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series platform.
Many customers are discovering that although they've adopted the Nexus in some fashion they can still use the 6500 cooperatively as a distribution point and as a device that handles the services that the Nexus doesn't.
Many customers rushed to adopt the 1gig connectivity they currently have and still aren't fully utilizing. A single 1gig port for a user is still plenty of bandwidth in many cases. While 10gig certainly has its place, there are many who don't have a need for it in the abundance the Nexus provides. The 6500 platform is not only still viable, it makes more sense for those and many other customers.
If someone just recommended the Nexus to you and you aren't sure, or if you happened to see it and it made your mouth water but you're on the fence, please get in touch with Cisco product engineers like myself. We can assess your particular situation and make recommendations that make sense. Plus, we can suggest for you a sleek 6500 configuration with 10gig that will wow you in performance and, with refurbished networking hardware like equal2new, we can save you those hard won budget dollars. Instead of looking for love in all the wrong places, let us help you out. That's why we're here!
Still not absolutely sure whether you should upgrade to the Cisco 6500? No need to stress, we have created a special smart buyer’s guide to the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series to help answer the kinds of questions above and more.
It's important that we provide resources to educate our customers so that they can make intelligent decisions about their investment. For many, the Cisco 6500 is a great choice. But it’s not for everyone.