[c-nsp] Nexus 2000 vs Catalyst 4948 for access layer

Tony Varriale tvarriale at comcast.net
Tue Feb 9 18:14:19 EST 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Livio Zanol Puppim" <livio.zanol.puppim at gmail.com>
To: "Brad Hedlund" <brhedlun at cisco.com>
Cc: "Cisco NSP ((E-mail))'" <cisco-nsp at puck.nether.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:40 AM
Subject: Re: [c-nsp] Nexus 2000 vs Catalyst 4948 for access layer

> Unfortunally, nexus 2000 is just an
>fabric extender and can ONLY be attached to Nexus 5000... Maybe CISCO
>changes it's later...

No maybe about it.

>10 nexus 2000 using all uplink ports = 40 ports. Yes, 40 ports that I must
>use at my nexus 5000. That's more than 1 entirelly switch (1RU) and almost 
>switch (2RU).

I wouldn't recommend designing a network that way.

>I haven't figure out yet what's the advantage of having this design (nexus
>2000 -> nexus 5000) other than the "old" one (catalyst 4948 -> nexus
>7000/cisco 6500). That's what I'm talking about.

Cheap, high density 1g, scalable infrastructure for right now.  And, in the 
near future, they will throw some fantastic features on top of that.


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