Cisco Catalyst Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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Peter Van Loon
Real User
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Oct 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that you can have. Everything from A to Z is better managed with Dell Support.

How has it helped my organization?

The support is just so good that there is no reason to re-evaluate because of the impact on the trust structure of operations. There has never been a recorded event, even though we have had maybe, sixty, sixty-five, or even seventy… more»

What needs improvement?

Scalability, especially with the power connect series is something that you have to take into account before starting the project because any changes to an ongoing project can be difficult.

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

For LAN switching it's always been Cisco. For LAN switches it's always been Cisco and for Storage Networks it's always been with Dell. I have never mixed them.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go with Proactive Care. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that is available or provided by Dell. I would say it's recommended, especially for the power connector for a higher level and various… more»
LuisPinto
Real User
System Administrator with 51-200 employees
Jan 08 2020

What is most valuable?

In terms of valuable features, I like its ability to configure. I know the other models like Cisco, and I think that HPE's ProCurve are easy to configure and to know how to create each connection and configuration.

What needs improvement?

I don't have any problem at all with HPE ProCurve. I have a lot of experience with it, and I know that HP normally changes its equipment and technology. Maybe it would work better with HP if I only had one type of equipment since they have ProCurve, Aruba, and OfficeConnect. Every team is different… more»

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

Before using HPE ProCurve I was using Switchcom. I also normally use Aruba and OfficeConnect.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would give HPE ProCurve an eight.
Real User
CTO at a tech services company
Jul 05 2019

What is most valuable?

This is a very feature-rich solution, but the most valuable feature is flexibility. The interface is as user-friendly as you can make it.

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of integration with existing systems has been helpful.

What needs improvement?

There are too many different model numbers and too much complexity. The Nexus 9K, for example, came from a family of twenty offerings.

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

Based on client demand, which was moving towards software-defined networking, the Nexus 9000 was the next step. We used the prior generation, Catalyst, before this.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very good product, although it would be nice to restrict the number of offerings. My suggestion is to evaluate ACI, SDN, and the Nexus 9000. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not have other vendors on our shortlist.
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