If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Dell PowerConnect Switches, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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 are a good product and I recommend them. There is some training available to help understand the architecture, which you should take. If you are coming from a Cisco background then you will find it very easy to integrate. One of the things that I have learned about using this product is that there is steady development going on at all times. There are other products and technologies that are fading away, whereas this product is improving. Another thing that I have learned about working with Dell is that they will never sell you something that is not redundant. Rather, their solutions are highly available. They don't want to have anything with a single point of failure. Essentially, the level of resiliency and redundancy is very high. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because I have to do a lot of testing on it. The correlation is okay.
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 don't have any use cases with these devices currently. We do have corporate support from Dell because we bought switches and servers. I don't administrate servers, I only administrate on network infrastructure. The implementation we've done so far has been quite small. However, Dell is very good for big companies. I'd recommend people buy the solution. It's much less expensive than Cisco, and yet it has the same functionalities. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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.
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 pass-through modules because the spanning tree loops are the same. My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to consider issues that might occur when using devices from multiple vendors. We found this difficult because of the integration. We like Dell because it is easy to use and it integrates well with Cisco. However, we are now having a problem where it does not integrate well with SDN. If the environment requires connectivity to SDN then these switches may not be suitable. Rating this solution as a switch, I would say that it is eight and a half out of ten. However, with respect to integration with new technologies, it is not mature enough and I would rate it a five out of ten. Overall, I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
I would rate this product an eight out of 10.
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.
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 switches like the eight thousand series and higher. My advice would be to always call for Proactive Care support contracts because they will make sure you get the best service that is available. There is no need for improvement because they are proactively maintained by Dell themselves. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.