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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»
AhmedElghawabi
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 19 2020

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure. These switches fully integrate into our Cisco switches without any problem.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were an option to use the device as either a switch or a pass-through for the traffic from inside to outside. This would mean that we would not have to replace hardware in some cases. I think that the IBM switches have this feature. It would be great to have modules that… more»

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

We also have Cisco switches in our environment. It is probably 80% Cisco and 20% Dell. I also have experience with Huawei, HP, and Juniper switches. Huawei switches used to use a similar set of commands, but they are different now. HP uses almost the same command set. Juniper switches are more… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have decreased our use of Dell PowerConnect Switches in the past year because we are moving to virtualization and using SDN switches. The problem comes about because it is difficult to see the server end-point directly on the SDN. For our Dell servers, we are replacing the switches with… more»
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ADELSAMARA
Real User
System Administrator with 51-200 employees
Jan 15 2020

What is most valuable?

There are many valuable features - the cost was the best we found with comparable products. The technology is good and the interface is simple. We haven't had any bugs, disconnections or delays. It's good because we use it for streaming… more»

What needs improvement?

A possible way the product could be improved would be to allow integration between other brands like HP or Cisco. It would be great if you could use the interface with more than one brand. Compatibility would be a good feature but it's… more»

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

In the previous project I used Sophos but it's for a different purpose with junior board switches. Now we're dealing with a security project so it's a different kind of project with different requirements.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product an eight out of 10.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated numerous options before choosing Dell including Fortinet, HP and Cisco. But really it was this solution that worked given our budget and for installation, it was a good solution in terms of technical support, scalability… more»
Real User
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Nov 02 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution comes with a lifetime warranty.

What needs improvement?

We have had some problems with the firmware. More stable firmware releases would be an improvement because we have had them randomly power on and off. These switches should be better tested before a firmware update is released. Technical support for this solution should be improved.

What other advice do I have?

I do not like this solution. It runs ok but we have had problems. This is a solution that I would recommend only for those without complex setup or networking. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.
Mårten Edelbrink
Real User
Technician with 201-500 employees
Feb 07 2019

What is most valuable?

An easy command to turn everything off: clean, only setting jumbo frame. When we ran EqualLogic SANs, the old PowerConnect was self-configuring the ports that were connected to the EQ box.

How has it helped my organization?

Once up and running they have always been rock solid, but I only use them as pure, clean iSCSI switches. I've mainly been using 1GbE, but lately, also 10GbE.

What needs improvement?

I have no idea, as they have always worked rock solid for me. Some firmware have a hard Telnet/SSH/web timeout that is really short. That's sometimes annoying.

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

Brocade Fibre Channel.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not really, as we moved from Fibre Channel to iSCSI with an EqualLogic PS4100, and we got the switches, servers and SAN box in one package.

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What is Dell PowerConnect Switches?

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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