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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"It is a scalable, reliable, stable and efficient solution.""A very solid and reliable solution.""Cisco Nexus is very safe and stable. I've been here 8 months. We have some devices that have been out for 11 years.""This solution provides all of the routing and searching features that we need.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""The consolidation of all of the layer two ports into one rack is very valuable.""This solution has allowed us to better prepare our network for 10-gigabit.""This solution has saved us both time and money because we now have the ability to control all of these telephony devices that are deployed nationwide."

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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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"The GUI interface could be improved to make it more user friendly.""The only thing to improve is to continue to get better.""Cisco Nexus is just a platform. You just set it up, give it an IP, and then start configuring it. But there are a million features to configure.""Some of the DHCP features need improvement.""I would like to see a lighter platform.""I would like to see more on-device programmability, as it seems to be lacking in this platform.""My only complaint is that not all of the ports on it are enabled from the start.""There is always room for improvement."

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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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"Costs more than most, but the reliability pays for the difference.""The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market.""Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year.""Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.""All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.""This is a very expensive product.""The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance.""Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month."

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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: We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.
Top Answer: The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators.
Top Answer: Its throughout and compatibility are the most valuable.
Top Answer: Its price is okay. Sometimes, it is lower than a Cisco solution.
Top Answer: There should be more port options in this switch. Currently, it has 24 or 48 ports. However, some of our customers require only 8 ports, but I have to put a switch with 24 ports. They should provide… more »
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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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Sample Customers
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 Proteins
Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
Top Industries
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm25%
Engineering Company13%
Media Company13%
Transportation Company13%
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company22%
Educational Organization7%
Company Size
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise78%
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise7%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
509,414 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 79 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 12 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, Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Extreme VDX and VMware NSX, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches. See our Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.

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