One of the challenges of dropping a Cisco Nexus 7K as a core switch into the small or even mid-sized enterprise IT shop is the cost. Have you priced a Nexus 7K? It’s a shocking capex number if you’re a smaller shop, and the ongoing opex for support isn’t cheap either. If you’re on a budget, and don’t require the number of 10GbE ports that a Nexus 7K will allow you to scale to, there are many lesser expensive options. If you’re committed to Cisco as your networking vendor, one such option is a Nexus 5548UP or 5596UP chassis with the L3 option. There’s limitations and design considerations for sure, but it’s not as crazy as it sounds when you start thinking it through. Intrigued by this notion? I cover the topic in a lot more detail in a two part article over on SearchNetworking hosted by TechTarget.
- Cisco Nexus 5500: A viable core switch for the midsized enterprise? (part 1 – link to TechTarget, register wall)
- Implementing Cisco Nexus 5500 as a core switch: Design considerations (part 2 – link to TechTarget, register wall)