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Show 17 — Big Hot and Heavy Switches — Part 2

A detailed look at the Big, Hot and Heavy Ethernet Switches with a large crew to talk about their practical experiences on design, selection and performance of Cisco Nexus switches. The result ? We don’t think the Nexus switches are very exciting.

Due to people commitments we recorded a double length show which will be released in two parts. This is Part 2 and Part 1 was released next weekend.

What You’ll Hear…

  • On the increase in 10GbE in the Data Centre and what’s driving that. And looking at why we aren’t comfortable with the HP Flex-10 networking module for their blade servers.
  • We are planning on using IP Storage, after consulting with the Server team. The cost of FC doesn’t work for us, and FCoE still isn’t here.
  • A look at transient traffic loads and how the deployment of VMware DRS changes the way our backbone looks. The importance of dynamic traffic flows to VMware and what we need to do to support that.
  • We take a detailed and critical look at what Cisco doesn’t tell you about the Nexus 7000 — the bad things, the missing features such as QoS, MPLS and lack of value. Not to mention the generally underwhelming performance of the product. Also, it’s big, it uses a lot of power and runs hot.

You can find Jeremy Filliben at http://jeremyfilliben.com and @jfilliben.

You can find Steve Rossen on @steve

You can find Ivan Pepelnjak at http://ioshints.info and on @ioshints.

IOS Hints Live — San Jose September 2010

You can book to join the event at ioshintsdatacenter.eventbrite.com/. There are only a limited number of seats at this unique event where Ivan Pepelnjak and Greg Ferro will both be available to discuss, review and develop your designs.


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About the author

Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

He blogs regularly at http://etherealmind.com and the podcasts are at http://packetpushers.net.

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