AhmedElghawabiTechnical Consultant at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms of connecting from one device to another. It is a pretty good and robust solution. It works pretty well in terms of scalability, and their technical support is amazing."
"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."
"They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the director of the interconnected nodes, they cut them back, and they still have that kind of structure."
"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."
"In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution."
Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 12 reviews while Juniper QFabric is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 1 review. Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.8, while Juniper QFabric is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerConnect Switches writes "Good support, stable to the point where incidents have zero impact on the organization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper QFabric writes "A robust and scalable solution with amazing technical support and a special setup that can detect what is connected". Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches and Cisco Nexus, whereas Juniper QFabric is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Cisco FabricPath and Arista Campus LAN Switches.
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