Dell PowerConnect Switches Alternatives and Competitors

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Peter Van Loon
Real User
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Oct 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that you can have. Everything from A to Z is better managed with Dell Support.

How has it helped my organization?

The support is just so good that there is no reason to re-evaluate because of the impact on the trust structure of operations. There has never been a recorded event, even though we have had maybe, sixty, sixty-five, or even seventy… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For LAN switching it's always been Cisco. For LAN switches it's always been Cisco and for Storage Networks it's always been with Dell. I have never mixed them.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go with Proactive Care. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that is available or provided by Dell. I would say it's recommended, especially for the power connector for a higher level and various… more»
Fighting Falcon
Real User
IT Admin at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features are the support and the ecosystem. There is a lot of documentation and information, and many support resources are available.

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of deployment and the support are associated with a reduction in end-user downtime as well as in the operations and maintenance efforts required.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful to have the ability to load new IOS software without performing a reboot, or to be able to perform the reboot without disrupting end-users.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Business requirements were the driver for our switch to Catalyst. We needed an increase in port density and an increase in port speed, among other things. The most important criterion when selecting a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Consider your business requirements and only select the needed functions/features, to avoid over-complex solutions. I rate Catalyst a nine out of 10 because the product is extremely mature and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, Dell.
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