Dell PowerConnect Switches Review

Includes easy commands to turn everything off, but some firmware have a hard Telnet/SSH/web timeout that is really short

What is our primary use case?

I've always used them as iSCSI only switches; they don't run anything else other than pure iSCSI traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

Once up and running they have always been rock solid, but I only use them as pure, clean iSCSI switches. I've mainly been using 1GbE, but lately, also 10GbE.

What is most valuable?

An easy command to turn everything off: clean, only setting jumbo frame. When we ran EqualLogic SANs, the old PowerConnect was self-configuring the ports that were connected to the EQ box.

What needs improvement?

I have no idea, as they have always worked rock solid for me. Some firmware have a hard Telnet/SSH/web timeout that is really short. That's sometimes annoying.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For me, excellent, never had any issue.

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

Brocade Fibre Channel.

How was the initial setup?

Easy, turn everything off, configure the jumbo frame, configure the OOB interface and you are done.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not really, as we moved from Fibre Channel to iSCSI with an EqualLogic PS4100, and we got the switches, servers and SAN box in one package.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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