I wrote this in response to Omar Sultan at Cisco on ‘Why you want this switch ? I was looking the NX-OS feature navigator today and NX-OS looks (currently) like a substantially feature-free platform – check out the NX-OS Feature Navigator and consider what is not listed here. A couple of other things that strike […]
I went to dinner with a group of guys on the weekend. (Yeah, I know, I am actually sort of normal sometimes). In one of those awkward moments, I had to describe what I did, I am wondering what you tell people that you do ?
The market has been commenting on the rise of Juniper for some years and the fact that Cisco has not been able to stop them growing. Well, we can now see that Cisco was listening to the stock market by spending a lot of time and money developing a new operating system. Oh yeah, and […]
Today I was working at a customer site and using their guest wireless network and was having DNS problems, and not for the first time this week. It could be the router, it could be the provider. I thought about it for a bit and went searching other DNS servers and found OpenDNS. OpenDNS seems […]
No doubt that the Cisco Nexus 7000 switch is a fine piece of technology. The performance and throughput is welcome, and clearly offers some fine new capabilities such as virtualisation, ISSU, better OOB and so on. I am sure that everyone can perceive the positive messages, lets face it, Cisco isn’t going to be shy in telling us about them.
However, lets consider the issue from the perspective of the architect/designer and how Cisco has positioned this in the marketplace. From an architecture perspective, I will need to commit a substantial capex to the product and a much larger amount of resource cost to transition a network to use the product. Even if I am building new data centres (and thus have no legacy), changes to operating standards, procedures, management tools and other orchestration issues present substantial barriers to adoption.