Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches Review

Easy to add ports, scale and setup, with good technical support


What is our primary use case?

We have designed a solution around it with our OEMs and we send it to our customers.

What is most valuable?

Currently, I am using the Dell S4048. It's a nice switch and it gives you good results in terms of a broadcast station connection.

The HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol) and the bandwidth allocation are very nice.  

For a customer, it is easy to configure and to add ports through the LAN the GUI.

What needs improvement?

Some features need improvements with stability.

Customers do not prefer this to connect to multiple cities. We use it for a single site or single office solution. If we had to use it as a multisite or a multicity solution we prefer to go with Cisco. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with Dell-Force10 Campus LAN for almost three and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are some features that need stability, but most of the time they work fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

They can easily be scaled. As you go to the card-based or the core type of switches you have less opportunity to scale because it becomes very costly.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support. They are very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am familiar with both Dell and Cisco switches.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, and it's not at all complex.

What other advice do I have?

I have experience with LAN switches, but my experience has more to do with video-based data. There are fewer restrictions. There is a question of bandwidth when it comes to designing a solution with switches that deal with storage device communication and editing systems.

I have more to do with the broadcast IT solutions. My decisions are based on certified switches forwarded by OEMs. Our customers are not ready to accept anything that is not certified by OEM.  

As system integrators, we notify OEM of what solution we need to design and the number of machines or forwarding machines. We then quantify the things we want them to do. The OEM will confirm that we want to use this switch and whether it is certified or not.

Our customers are not ready to use Hybrid solutions. We mostly use on-premises solutions because bandwidth is an issue in India.

Customers don't have much to do with the configurations of the switch. The OEMs do the first level and advise the customers not to modify it. They are only allowed a few features or allowed to add some boards. They are not allowed to change the entire way the system functions because is a LAN scenario.

The system has to be running all of the time.

If you are using a corporate-type solution connected with routing and internet savvy applications, or a hybrid application, then I would not recommend using Dell. If you are using an on-premises application that is bandwidth-heavy and straightforward to setup then definitely Dell is a solution that can be used.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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