Stop panicking and put down the Nexus.

CXtec is a company full of tech geeks - and, consequently, Apple product lovers. Our developers latched on to the iPod almost immediately (it still proves the most effective way to drown out extraneous noise and focus on coding). And there was definitely some friendly competition over who could secure the first iPhone when it came out. And now, the iPad is as commonplace as paper notebooks during meetings.

  • Nov 30, 2011
  • cxadmin

Cisco Catalyst 3560 SwitchCXtec is a company full of tech geeks - and, consequently, Apple product lovers. Our developers latched on to the iPod almost immediately (it still proves the most effective way to drown out extraneous noise and focus on coding). And there was definitely some friendly competition over who could secure the first iPhone when it came out. And now, the iPad is as commonplace as paper notebooks during meetings.

But you could max out a credit card just trying to keep up with every new product version. The first iPhone was released just 4½ years ago and we’re already on the fifth version. The first iPad came out last year and it’s already “old.”

We forget the first generation versions of these products were – and still are – great (ok, maybe not the first-generation iPod, even though mine still works flawlessly). By and large, they still hold everything that’s great about an Apple product: sleek design, reliable performance, easy user-interfaces.

Here’s what I’m driving at:

Just because something new and reportedly better comes along, doesn’t mean your current technology is obsolete, useless or worthless.

Just because Cisco releases the Nexus line doesn’t mean you have to ditch your Cisco Catalyst infrastructure. The Cisco Catalyst line is still extremely popular for a reason. Shiny new gear is fun to buy, but you have to ask yourself the following questions:

 


  1. Is my current Catalyst gear meeting my current technology needs?

  2. Do we have the time and resources available for an overhaul?

  3. How much additional training will my staff need to handle the new NX-OS operating system?

  4. …and the most obvious one: Is in the budget?


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Cisco isn’t discontinuing the Catalyst line anytime soon, so you’re not going to be left high and dry by not moving to Nexus. So if your Cisco switches are meeting your needs and your organization isn’t flush with cash, time and resources, rest assured – there’s no need to buy into the hype and overhaul your system. View our Cisco Catalyst Support Program.