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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 »
Benjamin Ighagbon
Real User
IT Project Manager at NTSAFRICA Services
May 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is simplicity. They try to make everything as simple as possible. Even if you are coming into networking for the first time, it is very easy. The GUI, web interface is very nice if you are… more »

What needs improvement?

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. For example, if I type in a Cisco keyword then it should highlight the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is much cheaper than comparable products by Cisco.

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

I have dealt with switches from other manufacturers such as Cisco, and the Dell PowerConnect switches are easier to work with and scale. Physically, there are not so different, but the proprietary commands differentiate them. The cost of… more »

What other advice do I have?

Dell seems to accommodate everyone when it comes to managing these switches. The ease of use is an important selling point that has allowed them to push into the market. My advice for anybody who is considering these switches is that they… more »
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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 »
Real User
System Administrator at a media company 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 »
Cezary Majewski
Real User
Network Infrastructure Administrator at PCC Intermodal
Mar 10 2020

What is most valuable?

We can configure it on our own and it works well. We don't need to do many changes on the device. Its configuration is similar to Cisco switches. We don't have any unexpected problems with this solution. The pricing is quite good. The… more »

What needs improvement?

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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Dell costs less than Cisco. Cisco, in comparison, is about four times more expensive.

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

We also use Cisco switches. They are very similar to this solution. Cisco and Dell have the same functionality. For Dell, however, it's two devices in one cluster. Still, it's very similar. I don't see any big difference between Cisco and… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We aren't partners with Dell. The solution is fairly easy to use. We configured it and plugged it in, and now it works without a problem. We haven't had any issues with this platform after a year and a half of use. We… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
Jun 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this product is its reliability. Dell products are generally quite reliable in terms of all the servers and the desktop.

What needs improvement?

I think accessibility and management could be improved. It would be helpful if it could be configured on a tablet or mobile. It would be great if at some point they came up with some web-based GUI app that allows you to easily manage and configure your switches.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are no additional costs other than purchasing the solution which is quite reasonably priced.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of costs and reliability, they are okay. It might not be able to do more complex things so anyone looking to use the solution would need to figure out their requirements. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.
Real User
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Feb 23 2020

What is most valuable?

We have used these switches for data access the LAN. We have also used the switches for power over ethernet devices in the LAN. Also, we have attached cameras for IT surveillance. We have found that in our market the price is very good for our customers. 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… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better scalability and more features on these switches in the future.

What other advice do I have?

The Dell EMC Networking N1500 Switches are a great solution. They are great switches for access switch on LAN which they have combined for data, high-performance access-point, IT surveillance, and cameras. I would rate these switches a ten on a scale of ten out of ten.
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.
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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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