NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architectures

Authors: Kevin Corbin, Ron Fuller, and David Jansen
Softcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Cisco Press (July 2010)
ISBN – 10: 1587058928
ISBN – 13: 9781587058929
List Price: $62.00; Amazon: $44.49

Reviewed by Jeff Owen, Independent IT Consultant

The Cisco NX-OS operating system builds on Cisco’s IOS to provide advanced features that will be increasingly crucial to efficient data center operations. The NX-OS operating, coupled with the new Nexus switches, is rapidly becoming the new de facto standard for data center distribution/aggregation layer networking. This book is an excellent guide to utilizing these powerful capabilities in enterprise environments.

In this book, three Cisco consultants cover every facet of deploying, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting NX-OS in the data center. They review the key NX-OS enhancements for high availability, virtualization, In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU), and security. In this book, you will discover support and configuration best practices for working with Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols and networks, implementing multicasting, maximizing serviceability, providing consistent network and storage services, and much more.

The authors present multiple command-line interface (CLI) commands, screen captures, realistic configurations, and troubleshooting tips—all based on their experience working with customers who have successfully deployed Nexus switches in their data centers.

This book is a useful primer and ongoing reference for anyone serious about implementing the NX-OS and Nexus switching solutions in their organization. It includes multiple configuration examples that make it an excellent reference book. Whether or not you are a Cisco user, this book can help in your evaluation of, and planning for, upgrading the data center network.

Jeff Owen is an independent consultant with 30+ years experience in telecommunications/networking and IT. He has worked in engineering, project management, and management positions for major corporations in the telecommunications, finance, aerospace, and IT consultancy industries. As an industry analyst for Datapro and Gartner, Owen authored numerous analytical reports published for international consumption. He can be reached at jeff.owen@owen-consulting.us

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