I was speaking with my Cisco sales engineer this past week and he was regaling me with tales of the Cisco Nexus 3548, Cisco’s latest low latency switch which is specifically targeted at the financial vertical, where the proliferation of algorithmic trading requires the lowest latency possible.
The low-latency space has really been heating up over the past few years. I believe the Cisco Nexus 3548 and specifically the Monticello ASIC has been in development for almost 2 years and was released at the same time as Arista’s 7150S. Unfortunately I don’t see myself running any of these anytime soon… I had to fight to get 10Gbps in my Data Centers and I usually have to convince customers to go with 1Gps to the desktop as opposed to 100Mbps.
Shaun had the opportunity to test one of only a few test/evaluation units available and was kind enough to compile a video for all those interested.
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