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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerConnect Switches and HPE ProCurve based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"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.""It's easy to set up. We can put it in production in a couple of minutes.""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.""Its throughout and compatibility are the most valuable.""PowerConnect Switches' stability is satisfactory.""We have these switches installed in an environment with hardware from many other vendors, and so far, so good.""Dell PowerConnect Switches are very easy to configure with the GUI. Dell supports the solution even though it has been discontinued."

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"We have found the solution to be entirely stable.""We don't mind the cost in general.""One of the biggest things in HPE ProCurve that I like, though not necessarily a feature, is the HPE warranty because it's probably better than any of the other vendors that we deal with, as it has a lifetime replacement. Feature-wise, the web interface of HPE ProCurve is typically pretty good and I like that as well.""HPE ProCurve is very complex for junior engineers and beginners. You need a lot of experience in managing switches in order to use this switch.""It is stable, and it fulfills our needs. We have all the functions we need, so we're totally satisfied.""HPE ProCurve's most valuable feature is that it is user-friendly.""The network management solutions that they have is great.""The pricing is quite competitive."

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Cons
"Their hardware is not reliable, it's faulty.""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.""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.""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.""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.""Dell is sometimes slow to provide updates to firmware."

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"It might be best if it offers better scalability.""The interface we have could be better.""I don't have any recommendations for areas of improvement.""There should be faster interfaces on the switch, such as 25 gigabits.""HPE ProCurve could improve by making their command more similar to other solutions, such as the access codes. There should be a standard. Additionally, if the configurations could be done from the cloud would be a benefit and the port uplink speed should improve.""An area for improvement in HPE ProCurve is the web interface not being as robust because you still have to go to the COI to make modifications or look at the exact configuration.""HPE ProCurve is very complex for junior engineers and beginners. You need a lot of experience in managing switches in order to use this switch.""Since we transfer from one gigabit to ten gigabits of information, in a future release, it would benefit to have more high-speed ports."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The price could be more competitive."
  • "We are a public company, so we are obliged to take the best offer from the vendors. They gave us the best price for the needs we had. It was considerably less than Cisco. It had maybe 40% lower cost."
  • "There is a license required to use HPE ProCurve."
  • "HPE ProCurve price could improve. We have a three-year warranty."
  • "The licensing for HPE ProCurve is a one-time cost, though it's varied somewhat. What my company purchased was usually between $3,500 and $5,000 one-time cost."
  • "We have an annual support subscription."
  • "The price of HPE ProCurve is very good."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:My main use case for Dell PowerConnect Switches is as a data center switch, but only for specific servers.
    Top Answer:I've been working with Dell PowerConnect Switches. I would 100% recommend Dell PowerConnect Switches if you have a Dell environment and Dell infrastructure for more compatibility. I'm rating Dell… more »
    Top Answer:PowerConnect Switches' stability is satisfactory.
    Top Answer:We have found the solution to be entirely stable.
    Top Answer:The price could be more competitive. Everything is included in the price as there are no security features that need to be updated, it is just the hardware alone.
    Top Answer:Since we transfer from one to ten gigabits of information, in a future release, it would benefit to have more high-speed ports. For example, the uplink should be 40 gigabits or 100 gigabits. That… more »
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    Also Known As
    PowerConnect Switches
    ProCurve, HP ProCurve
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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.
    HP Networking (HP ProCurve) products enable a cost-effective network that's agile, flexible, and fully interoperable. Boost availability, performance, monitoring, and productivity with HP network software, services, and support.
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    Sample Customers
    Amerijet Holdings Inc., CGD Securities, MavenWire, Tulane University
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, DY 4 Systems, EdgeWing, Edmonton Public Schools District, Halton Catholic District School Board, Hartwick College, Hatch Associates, Huntingdon College, Roseville Joint Union High School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, One Superior Place
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    Media Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government9%
    Retailer6%
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    Government29%
    Healthcare Company21%
    Wholesaler/Distributor14%
    Mining And Metals Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government10%
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    Company Size
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    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise13%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerConnect Switches vs. HPE ProCurve
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerConnect Switches vs. HPE ProCurve and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Dell PowerConnect Switches is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 9 reviews while HPE ProCurve is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated 7.6, while HPE ProCurve is rated 8.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE ProCurve writes "Good CLI and GUI interface capabilities, but the initial setup is complex". Dell PowerConnect Switches is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, NETGEAR Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches, whereas HPE ProCurve is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Aruba Instant On Switches, Cisco Nexus and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches. See our Dell PowerConnect Switches vs. HPE ProCurve report.

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