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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching.The 9500 series also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

These Dell [PowerConnect Switches] will perform great on almost every scenario, that's no lie at all. On the other hand, they are expensive and if you have a small company or little to invest, they are not the best option. The model I worked with on my research paper is not the best out there, but performed great on all stress and comparisons made.
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • Easy to configure
  • Rock solid. Have only had 1 fail out of dozens in over 6 years.
  • Great features and interface.
Troy Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • Precarious graphical (GUI) mode, needing to be updated for more efficient technologies such as HTML5
  • Short support time, given how much these devices support in terms of use. I have owned the devices for years, but no longer have a warranty
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

Dell PowerConnect Switches 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Top-grade because it is a switch that never presented any major problems for us. It has always been easy to install, configure, customize. It is a device widely used in access to connect computers, phones, access points
Carol Moreira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The Catalyst 9400 was not out when we were looking at new core switches. We thought about using a Nexus 9k but neither were as good of a fit as the 9500. Between price and performance it was a no-brainer for us to look at the 9500. We have not nor in the future would we consider other brands for core switching.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

Dell PowerConnect Switches offer much better value for money than Cisco and a similar interface for deployment and management. They are interoperable and compatible with all open networking standards so will work with other vendors equipment. They also offer some unique hardware offerings such as 12 port 10GBe switches which is useful in smaller environments
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • These switches did require a purchase of the DNA license on top of standard switch licensing, even if the functions are no needed in the environment.
  • The increased SFP & QSFP connectivity enabled for faster processing within our compute environment. While the system is too new to quantify the value added in this, it undeniably will help with its ROI.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • The ROI is great. Lost of ports and features for the money.
  • The Dell PowerConnect has allowed us to interconnect our core networking devices for a reasonable price.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Dell PowerConnect Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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