So I currently have two racks where I need a bunch of 10GbE ports (currently using SFP+ TwinAx cables), and I want to replace my current switch.
Basically there are three options I could do:
- 1x9504 with the 2x 48x10GbE linecard + 2xFEX for 1GbE copper
- same as before just 2x9504 for redundancy
While I understand that the 9396PX is designed to be actually a top of the rack switch and the 9504 is the core one, on base price there doesn't seem to be a huge difference even if I add in the FEXes.
Also I understand that the 9504 can have redundant supervisors and fabric modules, so with 2 linecards and running vPC to all servers I should be able to survive a linecard failure.
Which one would you go for?
Nexus 7k would be an option for the core (with the FEX), but I'm a bit afraid Cisco won't push it as much on the roadmap as the 9k line.