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Pros
"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 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."

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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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"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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution.
Top Answer: 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… more »
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Overview
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.
Juniper QFabric System is composed of multiple components working together as a single switch to provide high-performance, any-to-any connectivity and management simplicity in the data center. The QFabric System flattens the entire data center network to a single tier where all access points are equal, eliminating the effects of network locality and making it the ideal network foundation for cloud-ready, virtualized data centers.The highly scalable QFabric System improves application performance with low latency and converged services in a nonblocking, lossless architecture that supports Layer 2, Layer 3, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities.
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Sample Customers
Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
MCB Bank
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm25%
Local Government13%
Engineering Company13%
Media Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company22%
Educational Organization7%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider54%
Computer Software Company18%
Financial Services Firm5%
Media Company5%
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Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise7%
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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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