Arista Networks Platform vs Dell PowerConnect Switches comparison

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We performed a comparison between Arista Networks Platform and Dell PowerConnect Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Data Center Networking solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""I like the spine as a leaf model and low latency. The hardware is robust and meets expected latency in all environments, mainly if you belong to the media or trading industry. For multicast-based solutions, Arista is number one.""Arista Networks Platform offers straightforward deployment, and has good features. Support for the platform is also good.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""We find the CloudVision switching feature of this solution really useful.""The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy.""Arista Networks Platform is comfortable, easy to deploy, and easy to manage, with non-blocking technology. Additionally, it has a useful CloudVision platform and automation capabilities.""The configuration capabilities were good."

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"It's easy to set up. We can put it in production in a couple of minutes.""PowerConnect Switches' stability is satisfactory.""The features I've found most valuable are that the product is very easy to configure and inexpensive.""We have these switches installed in an environment with hardware from many other vendors, and so far, so good.""The most valuable feature of Dell PowerConnect Switches for me is the throughput. I also like that the product has more compatibility with Dell infrastructure, especially with EMC and new generation Dell servers. Dell PowerConnect Switches can also easily integrate with Dell servers, and this is another pro.""Its throughout and compatibility are the most valuable.""Dell PowerConnect Switches are very easy to configure with the GUI. Dell supports the solution even though it has been discontinued.""The most valuable feature is its ability to multitask."

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"The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""They need to enhance their code and their EOS. They need to improve some security features, and there are quite a number of bugs in their system. So, they need to work on that piece. In the next release, we need to have a modular feature. Instead of providing an integrated solution, they should go for something modular. They need to come up with modular highly scalable models. Even at the chassis layer, I want to see some improvement.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""An area for improvement in Arista Networks Platform is its integration, e.g. it needs to have more integration with its new products. Incorporating more security and cloud is also another area for improvement in the platform.""The stability of this solution needs to be improved as part of the next upgrade.""Arista Networks Platform should focus on improving the compatibility or integration with Cisco solutions.""Something that you will often hear about Arista products is that the price is a bit too high and, like with Cisco, we sometimes have problems with our customers because of its pricing."

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"I can't think of what we would want in the next release.""What's lacking in Dell PowerConnect Switches is SD-WAN integration, and this is what needs to be improved in it. All enterprises now move towards SD-WAN infrastructure, and because Dell PowerConnect Switches don't currently support SD-WAN, the product would be replaced, considered a secondary switch, or linked up to a different switch. Integration or support for SD-WAN is what I'd like to see in the next version of Dell PowerConnect Switches.""Their hardware is not reliable, it's faulty.""The CLI for Dell PowerConnect Switches is sometimes confusing, especially with the LAN, but for the GUI it is simple.""I expect it to be a zero-touch or a plug-and-play device. To some extent, it is, but we need to know the architecture, and we need to know what exactly we are doing. It is not so easy to implement. It depends on what exactly we are doing and it is still not a plug-and-play or zero-touch device. In the upcoming version, they can make it zero-touch, where we can just power it on and start using it. They can have some templates for different scenarios, such as when you are using it for the data center or adding it to your existing infrastructure.""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 smaller solutions and complimentary access point for companies like ours with a low quantity of work. The main issue with this product is branding. They should improve their branding and promote their brand more in Mexico. Customers are more aware of brands like Cisco as compared to Dell.""A big issue with this product is that when our customer migrated the data center, one cluster blocked the whole network and because we had a new approach, some commands were not compatible with the new version.""An area for improvement would be that it's very hard to configure if you're not familiar with the UI or CLI of the product. The UI itself could also be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "The price of the Arista Networks Platform could be less expensive for the hardware and license."
  • "There is an annual license required to use the Arista Networks Platform."
  • "Specific tools definitely require a license for the subscription. But we are not using these tools in our environment. In terms of licensing, you need to spend approximately $10,000 per month."
  • "I remember that when our customers were offered the Arista Networks Platform, they used a checklist to compare the prices between Arista and Cisco for their requirements, and found that the prices were almost the same."
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  • "Its price is okay. Sometimes, it is lower than a Cisco solution."
  • "Cheaper than its competitors"
  • "Inexpensive"
  • "If you want to purchase a new Dell PowerConnect Switch, you will pay up to $1,600, but I bought them used. I bought the four Dell PowerConnect Switches that I used for $1,000."
  • "Dell PowerConnect switches are cheaper than Cisco switches. Cisco's higher capacity switches (100 or 200 gigs) are super-expensive. With the higher capacity, the price of the switches and the price of the architecture go high. Dell is cheaper and modular. So, I don't need to invest 100% upfront. I can invest as I progress. That is an option because the chassis will not be populated with all the pluggables. I have a choice because it is modular. I can go for 25 gigs today, and after four months, I can go for 100 gigs, and after that, I can go for 200 gigs. I have a choice when it is not a fixed switch."
  • "Pricing for Dell PowerConnect Switches is quite competitive compared to Cisco and HP pricing. Dell has cheaper pricing and the company is trying to push for sales for its switching infrastructure because right now, the current market is dominated by Cisco. In the US market, there's Cisco, HP, Juniper, and Arista which you can buy for data center switching meant for different kinds of enterprises and ISPs. Dell PowerConnect Switches, on the other hand, is a product for people who need smaller setups or individual switches, especially those looking for a cheaper product and basic switching, though you can also buy a complete suite packaged with the switches."
  • "PowerConnect Switches are priced well."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus… more »
    Top Answer:It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
    Top Answer:My main use case for Dell PowerConnect Switches is as a data center switch, but only for specific servers.
    Top Answer:I've been working with Dell PowerConnect Switches. I would 100% recommend Dell PowerConnect Switches if you have a Dell environment and Dell infrastructure for more compatibility. I'm rating Dell… more »
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    Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.
    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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    Sample Customers
    American Internet Services
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Media Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Local Government8%
    Engineering Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Company Size
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking with 13 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 4th in Data Center Networking with 9 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Offers high-throughput devices that are easy to adopt and configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerConnect Switches writes "Reliable, easy to set up, and has good throughput, but lacks SD-WAN support, and its knowledge base and technical support need improvement". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Cisco Nexus, Juniper Ethernet Switches and VMware NSX, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.

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