Nexus 5000 / 2000 vs. Cisco MDS

I have started doing a technical deep dive into Cisco Nexus switching.  I am beginning at the 5000 / 2000’s as these are layer 2 (well soon to be layer 3) devices and support storage.  I must say that the similarities with the MDS is striking!  This makes sense as the same team that built spin-in company Andiamo also built Nuova, and the underlying OS is the same – NX-OS.

There are however a few different ways in which things are done.  Even for similar features.  I may start documenting some of these on my site, it will be helpful for those coming from the MDS to know.  My feeling is that the Nexus 5k/2k products are ahead of the MDS in many ways.  I believe that in time, many of the commands may make it into the MDS product.  For example the ability to do snapshots and rollback, things like that.

I feel very comfortable on the Nexus 5000 / 2000.  And I really love the concept of combining the best of worlds between top of rack and end of row switching.  There is so much to learn in the Data Center.  My blog is likely to shift to cover things such as Nexus (1000, 2000, 5000, 7000), WAAS, ACE and UCS.  I have not had in depth exposure to these, not in the way I am about to go.  My plan is to attack one at a time and learn everything there is to know about it.  Luckily I have a Nexus 5k in the lab in Ft. Lauderdale with FC module.  In the Atlanta lab I have MDS 9506, Nexus 5000, Nexus 2000, multiple UCS B and C series…….and that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Atlanta lab is off the hook, I will get pictures up soon).

I am fortunate to have access to equipment.  The real faucet controlling the learning is all the reading however, and their is lot’s of it.  I am going through all of the documents on as well as all the stuff available to partners, including the Networkers presentations.  I plan to get the Nexus book NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architectures.  There is a a lot of information for sure.  If anyone has any tips or cool presentations, documents, or anything like that which is helpful, please let me know!

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