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Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"You can scale the product.""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 solution has introduced VPC, Virtual Port Channel, which allows for more redundancy and flexibility.""Its low latency is most valuable. Its performance is good, and it is also very stable.""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 solution is stable.""Tech support is good.""Cisco is refining the features all the time and you can see this in all the different vendors."

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"The most valuable feature is its ability to multitask.""Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.""The most valuable feature is stability.""It's easy to set up. We can put it in production in a couple of minutes.""Dell PowerConnect Switches are very easy to configure with the GUI. Dell supports the solution even though it has been discontinued.""The features I've found most valuable are that the product is very easy to configure and inexpensive.""Its throughout and compatibility are the most valuable.""We have these switches installed in an environment with hardware from many other vendors, and so far, so good."

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Cons
"There is an ongoing problem with the limitation of the TCAM table, which is that it doesn't have enough memory to allow you to be really granular with your policy.""The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""I am looking for a GUI that goes alongside them and more SD-WAN built to their core switches.""The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.""The initial setup wasn't simple or user-friendly.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""The price could be better.""The solution is more expensive than other options on the market."

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"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.""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.""The configuration should be improved.""The CLI for Dell PowerConnect Switches is sometimes confusing, especially with the LAN, but for the GUI it is simple.""I can't think of what we would want in the next release.""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."

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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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  • "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."
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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:Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    PowerConnect Switches
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    Overview
    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.
    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
    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
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Media Company27%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Engineering Company9%
    Transportation Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business73%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 22 reviews while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 8 reviews. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.8. 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 PowerConnect Switches writes "Excellent support, good pricing, and easy setup". Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Juniper QFX Series Switches and VMware NSX, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches. See our Cisco Nexus vs. Dell PowerConnect Switches report.

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