Monday, March 19, 2018

Cisco 9500 Series Switches

I have a few network refreshes coming up and I've been looking at different options for the core switches. As you know from my recent posts here, I look for three things: price, performance, and features.
In the scenarios I'm working with, they are Cisco shops. I've been looking at the newer 9500 series switches, and they don't look half bad. They do all the things I need it to do: PBR, multi VRF, etc. And if you are used to catalyst IOS, it should be comfortable from a management standpoint. We will see what the price turns out to be. I'm still considering the nexus 93180 also though. It also does what I need it to do, with the 100gig uplink capability, which is a nice thing.

6 comments:

  1. 9500s are why I dropped Cisco. I can buy over 3 brocades instead.

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    1. Yeah, I get you. But, customer wants Cisco.

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  2. Even juniper EX switches are good enough.

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    1. Yes Mehul, Juniper certainly performs better.

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  3. Ok...here is a point of view from the other side. Yes, Cisco is very expensive...but their switches and routers just work...period. And that is what I need!! About 10 years ago, I was forced (by upper management) to try out a Dell switch within my data center. It was a lot cheaper than the Cisco switches I was using, so I installed the Dell switch as top-of-rack in one of the racks. It was a piece of junk!! It did not play well with Cisco, and was a pain to configure, and didn't perform well at all. I was able to pull it out after about 4 weeks. (I’ve heard that Dell switches are a lot better now, but I still have a bad taste.) About 7 years ago I brought in a Brocade switch....it performed very well, but was a bit confusing on how to configure it (not bad, just different). I even got a local Brocade SME to come in and help...that didn't go very well either. He really couldn't explain to me certain aspects of the Brocade switch (I found out later that he was relatively new to Brocade and was still learning).

    I run a rather large network spanning most of California and into Nevada, and there are just two of us managing all of this. I've been running Cisco networks since the late 90's, and I know Cisco equipment...how to manage it, troubleshoot it, and keep it running smoothly. It's just not worth the learning curve and vendor changes to save some money. AND...it's not really that much money. About 3 years ago, we did a large access-layer upgrade...so I did my due diligence and got quotes from Brocade too. Although the pricing did favor Brocade, Cisco gave us a very good credit on the old switches (they don't want them out on the used market), and though the overall quote was still higher than Brocade, it wasn’t by that much. It was an easy decision to stay with Cisco.

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