Posts Tagged ‘nexus 7000’

Nexus (NX-OS) protocol support (and cleanup)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Over the years, Cisco has been very instrumental in the design and standardization of many networking protocols.  There are lots of examples where a need for a protocol was identified and Cisco filled the need with a Cisco-proprietary protocol.  Cisco-proprietary can sound bad, but it really isn’t.  Let’s give them some credit here – network equipment vendors are in competition and don’t typically play well together.  Often times vendors pitch proprietary solutions in an attempt to carve out a niche that delineates them from their competitors.

There are several standards organizations in existence today (IEEE, IETF, CableLabs, etc.) which many vendors work with and closely follow.  While this sounds ideal (and is very beneficial), standards often take a significant amount of time to be ratified, leaving any current needs unaddressed from a standards perspective.  The only alternative (for a quick resolution) is a proprietary solution, while the standards process is given time to complete. (more…)

Some NX-OS features can’t be manually enabled

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The whole idea around features in NX-OS has been intriguing to me. It’s a good idea – I like it. It seems very similar to services on many other OSs (particularly *nix systems), however it doesn’t always strike me as having a rich feature set as of now.

For instance, the NX-OS config guides repeatedly refer to the show feature command to look at which features are enabled.  I’ve already mentioned that this command doesn’t exist today in older NX-OS versions – the currently-available NX-OS versions today support this feature (a reader confirmed this on the N7k and I’ve confirmed it on the N5k).  See this article for more info.  There are some interesting behaviors around features, in that some are manually enabled, while others are automatically enabled and disabled as needed.  Let’s dig into this a little deeper for an example… (more…)

Introducing the Nexus 2148T (Fabric Extenders)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The Nexus 5000-series (5010 and 5020) support the Nexus 2000-series of switches.  The Nexus 2000-series are fabric extenders (FEXs) – which is essentially a way to stretch out the N5k switch fabric.  Currently there’s only the Nexus 2148T switch, which we’ll cover (at least the basics) in this article.

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A Primer on Some of the Differences Between IOS and NX-OS

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

There are many similarities between IOS and NX-OS, however there are some significant differences as well. Before delving further into this topic, here’s what I was working with: NX-OS 4.0(1a)N1(1) (Nexus 5000) and IOS 12.4(17). This article gives a brief summary of the some of the differences (and similarities) of NX-OS and IOS. (more…)