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329 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst Switches

[Cisco] Catalyst Switches are not cheap so they are great option if you have enough budget, also your network administrators will need deep technical knowledge (Cisco offers a wide range of technical resources though) but if you want to have a less specialized team you may want to check other options like Meraki (other high profile Cisco products)
humberto martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

I believe the PowerConnect Switch is recommended and fits best in access and distribution for its capacity and performance. For Core, I would recommend the Dell Force 10 line. The switches have power over ethernet and can power IP phones and access points at Vivo branches. The support on the Portuguese line and face-to-face service are some differentials that I found.
Carol Moreira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • One thing that is fascinating about Cisco Catalyst Switches is that they really do last
  • The CLI configurations is fun once you get used to it
  • It's effective in securing access layer devices with ACLs
  • The IOS is very stable and can be trusted
abdulai-fadiga ccnp | 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 Switches

  • Would like to see a second power supply so it can get power from two different sources.
  • Hard to find a USB flash drive that will work when loading images for upgrade.
  • IOS upgrades are a pain to perform. Upgrades should be an easy process. Would like to perform the upgrade through a web browser.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • I've had fans burn out after the warranty period. In a way that is a positive and tells you just how long the fans last. However, it would be nice if the fans lasted a bit longer.
  • In a perfect world, it would be nice if the switches were not so loud.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We rarely have issues with the product. I have only had to contact support one time since we put it in and that was to see if another vendor was giving me accurate information on an issue I was having.
Ryhlen Schoeberl | 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 Switches

* Arista Switches** Arista switches are great, don't get me wrong, but the lack of PoE support, the lack of stacking, has really hindered their entry way into the campus market, 99% of my use cases are campus switching for end users, not data center, in this market, cisco wins hands down every time.
Dustin Reeves | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerConnect Switches

They stack up very well against Cisco products. I feel you pay a lot for the Cisco name. Dell has most of the same functions for a lot less.
Troy Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Cisco catalyst switches have allowed our networks to run smoothly with no interruptions.
  • These switches are scalable so we were able to add more switches as needed, without interrupting the network activity.
  • Automation techniques allowed us to deploy configuration with minimum effort.
Andrew Yudin, MBA/CCNP | 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

Screenshots

Cisco Catalyst Switches

Dell PowerConnect Switches

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 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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