Jason Edelman comments on his blog:
I had a conversation recently with someone who has more of a sysadmin background. We started talking about the intersection of DevOps and networking and while his environment wasn’t large, there was one pain point he talked about — he doesn’t have access to the network switches to ensure they are configured properly for “his” servers and to ensure packets aren’t being dropped, etc. when there are issues with the application, server, or network. And by the way, he really doesn’t want access to the data center switches, because after all, many fear logging into network devices that are in production.
Jason has a great post here on using the API in NX-OS to automate things and reduce the amount of time you spend staring at the unforgiving CLI.