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Cisco Nexus vs Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco Nexus and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two LAN Switching solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Nexus vs. Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The solution is stable.""When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best.""From a data center implementation, with respect to competition from your data, there isn't really a product recovery for the different tests other than Cisco Nexus. For example, if you take Multi-tenancy for the data center, it's something which, I think, only Cisco has. There are some implementation from HP, but I think it's limited there.""The most valuable features are the solution is robust, you are able to use it for fabric architecture as well as SPAN on exit with the controller.""The most valuable feature is performance.""The solution has introduced VPC, Virtual Port Channel, which allows for more redundancy and flexibility.""It's easy to use.""I like the fact that they are a well-supported product."

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"Port density and port speed performance are both suitable. It has some appealing intangibles."

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"Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).""The cost of the support can be improved. We had critical operations, and we needed 24/7 support for 365 days, which was quite expensive. We had to go for a very costly support contract, which was really a concern. The availability of spare parts, especially in a remote location such as Egypt, can also be improved.""One of the biggest challenges, which I see is that there's a constant evolution in the product. For example, our configuration is based on what is known as traditional data center implementation. Today there is the ACI deployment and to implement, to migrate from one technology to another, that's challenging both from a configuration perspective and also from a cost perspective.""There may be many bugs which remain unresolved.""They could improve on having different technologies between product models.""The initial setup wasn't simple or user-friendly.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""The solution is more expensive than other options on the market."

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"Instead of competing at the enterprise level with that product, they should probably scale it. With all of the ports, they should develop a good mid-level business to truly scale it and gain adoption before attempting to go after the enterprise."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I thought that it would be less expensive."
  • "We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive."
  • "The price of the product is reasonable."
  • "The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced."
  • "The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher."
  • "Licensing is annual or every three years. We were one of the big customers, and we used to get good prices, but the cost of the support can be improved."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We have a virtual license."
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  • "You are selling it to larger customers and in larger environments, where it's a less expensive model than Cisco, which is attempting to use the same approach Arista did, but with a completely different programming language."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
    Top Answer:Port density and port speed performance are both suitable. It has some appealing intangibles.
    Top Answer:There is a lack of support because there is a lack of adoption. Because Cisco switches are so widely used, anyone in the world can support them. It was two Cisco engineers who released Arista's code… more »
    Top Answer:We have designed a solution around it with our OEMs and we send it to our customers.
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    The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
    Dell-Force10 Managed Campus LAN Switches bring users efficient connections to the network with highly functional access and aggregation switching. Products consist of: Dell EMC Networking N1100 Series, Dell Networking N1500 Switches, Dell Networking N2000 Series, Dell Networking N3000 Series and Dell Networking N4000 Series.
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    Sample Customers
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Norwich University of the Arts, Shelby American, City and Islington College
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Buyer's Guide
    LAN Switching
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Netgear, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others in LAN Switching. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Nexus is ranked 4th in LAN Switching with 22 reviews while Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is ranked 12th in LAN Switching with 1 review. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4, while Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches writes "Performs well, but the support and stability could be improved". Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches and HPE A-Series, whereas Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is most compared with Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Catalyst Switches and Arista Campus LAN Switches.

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