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Cisco Catalyst Switches vs Dell PowerConnect Switches comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on September 4, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Catalyst Switches and Dell PowerConnect Switches based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Cisco Catalysts Switches users say the setup can be very complex for the novice user; Cisco network experience or certification is advised. Dell PowerConnect users feel deployment is easy and straightforward.
  • Features: Cisco Catalyst Switches users like the spanning tree and redundancy features. The solution offers great PoE capabilities, load balancing, and DHCP functionalities. Some users feel that security and wireless functions could be improved, in addition to better compatibility with today’s software-defined technologies.

    Users say Dell PowerConnect Switches are very compatible and provide great throughput. They are very stable, easy to configure, and can easily multi-task. Many users tell us some newer versions are not compatible with older versions, which can cause latencies, network blockages, or even outages.
  • Pricing: Many users feel Cisco Catalyst Switches are a very expensive solution. Dell PowerConnect Switches users feel they are very moderately priced and very cost-effective.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are happy with the level of service and support they have received.

Comparison Results: Users feel Cisco Catalyst Switches provide great stability, intuitive reliable analytics, seamless scalability, excellent PoE capabilities, and solid robust security. However, users are happier with the pricing of Dell PowerConnect Switches.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"This technology is a completely mature technology and I don't think anything needs to be changed.""Technical support is very responsive and helpful.""The solution is easy to use.""Catalyst Switches perform very well, and the network is stable.""Configuring the solution is very easy. It's quite a straightforward process, and it's not difficult at all.""The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.""The solution is already at the cutting edge in terms of innovation.""The most valuable features include the redundancy one and the spanning tree."

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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.""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.""Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.""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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"Catalyst Switches could be more secure.""Its price can be improved. It is currently expensive.""The initial setup can be easier in cases where the policy and ruleset are complex.""The product could offer more integrations with other solutions.""In an upcoming release, adding SD-WAN capabilities would be a big advantage for our company.""The solution could improve by having a video IP feature.""If they worked on lowering the price, they would be able to attract more customers.""Cisco applies restrictions in relation to renewals on a yearly basis. Many other brands don't have restrictions. If Cisco lifted them, they wouldn't lose so many clients to competitors."

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"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.""Dell is sometimes slow to provide updates to firmware.""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.""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.""I can't think of what we would want in the next release.""The CLI for Dell PowerConnect Switches is sometimes confusing, especially with the LAN, but for the GUI it is simple.""Their hardware is not reliable, it's faulty.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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  • "The price of these switches is okay."
  • "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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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.
    Top Answer:Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.
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    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
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Media Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Local Government8%
    Engineering Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". 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". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, NETGEAR Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Nexus, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.

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