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"The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.""They don't ever fail and they have a long service life.""The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers.""The most valuable feature is the ease of configuring a switch.""In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient.""We have dealt with Cisco's technical support in the past. They were especially helpful and very polite. They are always there if we need them and their insights are always excellent. I would say that we have been satisfied with the level of support we've gotten so far.""They have a robust monitoring system.""A very expandable solution."

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"The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking.""This solution comes with a lifetime warranty.""The technology is good and the interface is simple. We haven't had any bugs, disconnections or delays.""Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure.""When the price is competitive the customers tend to choose the cheaper brand and then look at the features. So having a competitive price is a plus.""The functionality is very good.""The security is the most valuable aspect of this solution. It also has good storage and resource handling.""The most valuable feature of this solution is simplicity."

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"Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.""The price is high and it should be improved.""I would like to see better compatibility between Cisco and other vendors.""Reducing the price would be an improvement.""Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive.""The user interface needs improvement. Meraki has a much nicer UI. Cisco could learn a lot by looking at them. It might make them a bit more user friendly.""The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS.""The switches could be improved."

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"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.""More stable firmware releases would be an improvement because we have had them randomly power on and off.""Because of the stackings you lose some boards and switches.""It would be great to have modules that integrate with SDN solutions such as Cisco ACI, Arista SDN, Huawei Agile, and IBM.""I would like to see better scalability and more features on these switches in the future.""We've only been using the solution for half a year. We haven't run into any issues, but maybe over time, that may change. It's too soon to tell. Offhand, there aren't any features that are lacking.""Not a ten because I have to do a lot of testing on it. The correlation is okay.""When it comes to the configuration, there should be documentation and interactive help available to assist people who have experience with products from other vendors."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.""The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support.""The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees.""Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000.""The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium.""Cisco products are not that cheap.""Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available.""I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."

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"This solution is much cheaper than comparable products by Cisco.""The price of these switches is okay.""Its price is okay. Sometimes, it is lower than a Cisco solution."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Catalyst Switches are very stable.
Top Answer: I don't know a lot about the price, but they are affordable compared with other solutions.
Top Answer: We have these switches installed in an environment with hardware from many other vendors, and so far, so good.
Top Answer: Its price is okay. Sometimes, it is lower than a Cisco solution.
Top Answer: Their hardware is not reliable, it's faulty. After three years of use, something goes wrong with the switches and they need replacing. It's prone to be faulty. We expect it when we deploy them out of… more »
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PowerConnect Switches family offers a set of flexible, manageable and comprehensive switch solutions supporting up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and optimized Internet iSCSI (iSCSI) performance with Dell Storage solutions, ideal for enterprise and campus LAN environments alike.
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Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm25%
Local Government13%
Engineering Company13%
Media Company13%
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company23%
Educational Organization6%
Company Size
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise43%
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise43%
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise7%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 12 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerConnect Switches writes "Good support, stable to the point where incidents have zero impact on the organization". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, QSC Q-SYS NS Series and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.

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