It is because of the new Cisco Nexus 2232PP that as much as 10GbE can be provided to the hosts, such as the NAS and the different servers today. As it is further incorporated with the FEX modules of Nexus 2000, the data centers were able to obtain 1GbE more for connectivity.
The ports for 10GbE, despite being somewhat abundantly installed with Nexus 5000s, were primarily reserved for the servers needing them the most, such as blade centers, heavily virtualized rack servers, as well as database servers. The ports with 1GbE were created to serve purposes other than the ones previously mentioned.
However, now that 10GbE ports are available to virtually all of the hosts in the DC, everyone claims that they need the ports. For instance, architects would come around with their blue prints and projects in hand, as they would show their designs and quote the use of 10GbE servers. Also, since today’s purchases of standard hosting hardware started to arrive with 10GbE ports in hand. Basically, today’s demand for 10GbE ports is just off the charts.
Many were very much excited when it comes to seeing the new revolutionized Cisco Nexus 2232PP FEX module. The part that took their breaths away was the fact that this product can provide clients and users with as much as thirty two 10GbE Ethernet ports in only one chassis. And, as if that was not enough, the package includes an FCoE as well.
Naturally, not all modules will be suitable for all servers. The same thing goes for the new Cisco Nexus 2232PP FEX, as it might not work effectively with all servers. For instance, database servers as well as blade centers will still have to obtain their 10GbE from the Nexus 5000 series. Also, the Nexus 2232PP FEX might also not function nicely with those that require traffic, since all of the generated traffic still needs to traverse through the Nexus 5000 lines, even if the hosts are directly connected to the exact same N2232PP. This is why this product would not be appropriate for using with applications that need to communicate with one another a lot.
With this said, it can be assumed that the N2232PP might function well with enterprise data centers, since majority of the involved applications are required to communicate with databases and storages, and not with each other. Aside from that, the new Nexus 2232PP is also highly functional with commodity servers, that are still yet to be introduced to today’s market.
Also, many might find it more of a relief that the N2232PP can be purchased at a much smaller price. This pleases them a lot because they can now get more 10GbE ports at more cost effective efforts.
This just proves that, especially today, competition in this industry is making today’s data center networking processes a whole better and much more improved each and every day. Although it might be true that Nexus 5000s are not exactly at the top of the charts at present, with regards to performance, they are still able to compete in other aspects.