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By now, I would hope, you are aware of our newest addition to the Nexus family, the Nexus 5020. I’ll dig into that a bit more in a second, but the other Nexus news I wanted to note is that we have started customer shipments of the Nexus 7000 this week (yay--although I am guessing the blogger who accused us of only having cardboard models might be a bit disappointed).So back the the Nexus 5020 launch this week. I think this announcement is going to take a while for folks to digest because there was so much to it. Not only did we add to the Nexus family, we delivered FCoE with an eco-system of partners and we rolled out data center Ethernet.I think these two technologies are are going to be game changers once folks have a chance to get acquainted with them. FCoE now lets us take advantage of a unified data center fabric in a way that provides investment protection and is non-disruptive to the SAN and the storage team. Meanwhile, data center Ethernet ups the ante on what we can expect from our layer two transport and is an advance that will benefit not only FCoE, but also iSCSI and pretty much any other traffic you care about.Finally, I think its important to note that those customers that will shortly be taking delivery of their Nexus 7000s (no we don’t have consensus on what the plural of Nexus is) are already good to go for both data center Ethernet support and FCoE support. Because of the planned forward investment protection in the platform, all they will need to do is add are the appropriate I/O modules--no other upgrades necessary.

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