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We performed a comparison between Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches and Dell PowerConnect 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 Dell PowerConnect Switches vs. Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Port density and port speed performance are both suitable. It has some appealing intangibles."

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"PowerConnect Switches' stability is satisfactory.""Its throughout and compatibility are the most valuable.""Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.""The most valuable feature is stability.""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 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.""The features I've found most valuable are that the product is very easy to configure and inexpensive.""The most valuable feature is its ability to multitask."

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Cons
"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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"Dell is sometimes slow to provide updates to firmware.""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.""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 CLI for Dell PowerConnect Switches is sometimes confusing, especially with the LAN, but for the GUI it is simple.""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.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    12th
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    5.0
    8th
    out of 15 in LAN Switching
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    PowerConnect Switches
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    Overview
    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.
    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
    Norwich University of the Arts, Shelby American, City and Islington College
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Media Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Local Government8%
    Engineering Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government10%
    Retailer6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise50%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is ranked 12th in LAN Switching with 1 review while Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is rated 5.0, while Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches writes "Performs well, but the support and stability could be improved". 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". Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus and Arista Campus LAN Switches, whereas Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, HPE ProCurve, NETGEAR Switches and Juniper QFabric.

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