Compare Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 23 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 5 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Provides cost-effective posture assessment, captive portal, and a policy-driven network". 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 Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Arista Networks Platform, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve and Cisco Nexus. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.
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Pros
They don't ever fail and they have a long service life.The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.The new series has lots of great features, it's really lovely. From a management perspective, or a policy creation perspective, which we are seeing in the Catalyst 9000 series it is great.We heavily use the SmartPort features. It has really helped us. The U.S. policies are handled by the auto SmartPort featureIt has become easier for us to troubleshoot and find issues faster in the management software for the switches. It saves us troubleshooting time because if the network is down it has a big impact on production.Their technical support is very good. They know what to do and if they don't know what to do, they give me the person who does know.The stability and Cisco's support are the most valuable features.Their technical support is good, one of the best in the industry.

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Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure.The technology is good and the interface is simple. We haven't had any bugs, disconnections or delays.This solution comes with a lifetime warranty.The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking.

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The price is high and it should be improved.Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon.They should make so that they let users know five to ten minutes before productivity is restored in the case of power loss.The newer models are not so stable. Other products like 6800, 3750, were stable but starting from 3850 it got worse. We have a lot of issues and a lot of bugs. It's a new product so it's understandable but it should be improved.It should have better security and the prices can always be lower. The cheaper the price, the better but if the quality is good, it's worth it. They also have to improve the firewalling.The prices are high. It's more expensive than other similar options.To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.

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It would be great to have modules that integrate with SDN solutions such as Cisco ACI, Arista SDN, Huawei Agile, and IBM.Because of the stackings you lose some boards and switches.More stable firmware releases would be an improvement because we have had them randomly power on and off.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.

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Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.It's very pricey. Compared to competitors, it's a lot more expensive.The price is on the higher side.Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.I would rate the features-to-pricing ratio at six out of 10. My advice about licensing is that you should have a perpetual license, not one that is subscription-based.Catalyst is very expensive.Pricing is an issue I have been facing, in comparison with HPE or Juniper. The Nexus series is out of the question right now. Scalability is more an issue on the pricing side and less on the technology side.Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side.

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Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.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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Financial Services Firm13%
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