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

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"Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication."

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

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"Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It was around $1500 a year. It is cheaper than Cisco but more expensive than Ruckus."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication.
    Top Answer:Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version.
    Top Answer:Read the documentation of the current model and always create a backup because anything can happen. I was working in a rural area, and the weather kept interfering with signal strengths and bandwidth… more »
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    7.8
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    Also Known As
    PowerConnect Switches
    VDX, Brocade VDX
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    Overview
    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.
    Brocade VDX Switches support Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabrics with open standards and extensive scalability to deliver high performance, capacity, and reliability for data center spine and leaf deployments. It includes the following products: Brocade VDX 6740 SWITCHES, Brocade VDX 6940 SWITCH and Brocade VDX 8770 SWITCH.
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    Sample Customers
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Niagra Falls Bridge Commission, Medien System Partner, CDE Lightband, MaximumASP
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Media Company20%
    Local Government10%
    Engineering Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business76%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 8 reviews while Extreme VDX is ranked 23rd in Ethernet Switches with 1 review. Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.8, while Extreme VDX is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerConnect Switches writes "Excellent support, good pricing, and easy setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Extreme VDX writes "A simple and stable solution with a web interface and two-factor authentication". Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, HPE ProCurve and NETGEAR Switches, whereas Extreme VDX is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Cisco Catalyst Switches, ExtremeSwitching and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center.

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