Compare Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches

Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 68 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 7 reviews. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "A high-performance switch that is designed for lossless data and our customers are happy with". 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 Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric and Arista Networks Platform, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve and Cisco Nexus. See our Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.
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The most valuable feature of the 7700 series is probably the multi-context subset VRS, which lets you use multi-VRS, multi-context, and also VPC setup, where you have two logical devices that are still separate in terms of management planes, but have shared, virtual core channels.Solid product, communications and support from a well-known dependable company.Nexus provides inner redundancy. It allows us to perform updates on individual switches, while still maintaining reliability and uptime on the server.It provides a very flexible connection to a server. When you go into history and the VPC, it provides a very flexible connection from it. Once a server goes down I can instruct it easily. So the network actually keeps quality even if onsite it is down.The most valuable features are the great performance, high availability and easy administration.We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate.The setup was very easy, but managing it in operations was very complex.The most valuable feature of Cisco Nexus is the performance, flexibility, configuration, and cost. It's not a traditional pricing model from Cisco. They've offered our company a considerable reduction in price. That makes Cisco Nexus now very competitive with other vendors.

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The functionality is very good.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.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 initial setup was pretty complex, mostly because of our environment, having to do multi-context. That's where you have a lot of different logical routes that are in one physical device, and it can get kind of complex trying to think about how to set all that up. You really have to whiteboard it out a lot.The product could be updated more frequently for other phone model support.Overall, I wish it was a more intuitive OS.There is some room for improvement when it comes to the frequency on the network.Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.We lag on the configuration. The changes make a difference in troubleshooting.One improvement needed is support for Multi-CAD scale that we were concerned about. We're not hitting any limits at this point.I would like to see more granularity.

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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.I would like to see better scalability and more features on these switches in the future.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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We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees.We have three hundred to four hundred data centers of Nexus. So the coverage associated with Smart Net is 27 by 4, is basically what we spend each year. If the incentives get better, which I know they're working on, it would be great but right now we're buying year to year.Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part.It's around $160K a year for our license.This solution should be made more affordable.Our licensing fees are paid annually.We only have a yearly support contract, as we do not use any of the subscription-based functions at this time.The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually.

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2nd
out of 18 in LAN Switching
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3,656
Reviews
68
Average Words per Review
436
Avg. Rating
8.5
5th
out of 18 in LAN Switching
Views
2,676
Comparisons
2,357
Reviews
7
Average Words per Review
445
Avg. Rating
7.7
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Overview
The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.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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Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley ProteinsAmerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
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Government14%
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