Cisco Nexus Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic.

What needs improvement?

The documentation for this solution needs to be improved. In the documentation, it is not easy to find the exact solution which describes the configuration step by step. It means that we've had to ask our supplier how to use certain features, and which commands to use. We can find a simple… more »

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

Most of the equipment that I have used is Cisco, although I have also used Juniper and Cumulus. For this new type of data center architecture, however, we did not use a solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

This solution was my first experience with the new, modern data center architecture. My advice to anybody who is implementing this series of switches is to carefully check the features that are supported on each model. Some new features are not supported on all platforms. I know that Arista still… more »
AhmedElghawabi
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 19 2020

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure. These switches fully integrate into our Cisco switches without any problem.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were an option to use the device as either a switch or a pass-through for the traffic from inside to outside. This would mean that we would not have to replace hardware in some cases. I think that the IBM switches have this feature. It would be great to have modules that… more »

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

We also have Cisco switches in our environment. It is probably 80% Cisco and 20% Dell. I also have experience with Huawei, HP, and Juniper switches. Huawei switches used to use a similar set of commands, but they are different now. HP uses almost the same command set. Juniper switches are more… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have decreased our use of Dell PowerConnect Switches in the past year because we are moving to virtualization and using SDN switches. The problem comes about because it is difficult to see the server end-point directly on the SDN. For our Dell servers, we are replacing the switches with… more »
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MaksimVedernikov
Real User
Network Administrator at SA Tallinna Lasteghaigla
Apr 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is reliability.

What needs improvement?

The pricing could be improved. I would like to see some kind of packet tracer where people can study how the switch is operating. White box switching support is something that I would like to see in the future.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an expensive switch.

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

Prior to this solution, I was working with Cisco switches, which we still have a lot of. We have physical network layers and for some purposes, the Cisco switches are very good. My preference, however, is ProCurve. I have experience with… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to plan well. Most of the reason for error is poor planning. Be sure to ask your vendor questions because there are no dumb questions. Rather, silly mistakes happen when people… more »
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