Dell X-series networking

frogtech

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I know a common complaint about these switches is the dog slow web GUI.

Is this still an issue in updated firmwares?
 

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Yep. At least I haven't noticed a significant change on my X-series switches, two X4012 and a X1008. The X4012 does seem a bit quicker than the X1008 but I suspect that is simply down to a different/faster management processor.

My take is that the switches are fine if you don't need to reconfigure them often, or need a CLI. If you are in a set-it-and-forget-it mode the UI delays are acceptable the few times you need to touch the switch.
 
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Yep. At least I haven't noticed a significant change on my X-series switches, two X4012 and a X1008. The X4012 does seem a bit quicker than the X1008 but I suspect that is simply down to a different/faster management processor.

My take is that the switches are fine if you don't need to reconfigure them often, or need a CLI. If you are in a set-it-and-forget-it mode the UI delays are acceptable the few times you need to touch the switch.
What kind of scenario/lab environment are you using your X4012s in? I have 2 because I wanted a redundant environment for vSAN but wanted to play with some other HCI tech as well like Nutanix and S2D. I expect them to be fine for those use cases.
 

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What kind of scenario/lab environment are you using your X4012s in? I have 2 because I wanted a redundant environment for vSAN but wanted to play with some other HCI tech as well like Nutanix and S2D. I expect them to be fine for those use cases.
At one point in time I was using them as "core/aggregation" switches for my two networks here at the house, so definitely not a massive load (home user, etc.) but not idling either. I've since upgraded those switches for something else, but the X4012s have been moved elsewhere for the past year or two (still relegated to the basement due to fans) with typically little traffic, but it can burst fairly high on occassion.

In my opinion, they are still nice little switches if you can get one for a decent price. I'm not sure I would buy another at this point, but that is due more to my current setup than the switches themselves.
 
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At one point in time I was using them as "core/aggregation" switches for my two networks here at the house, so definitely not a massive load (home user, etc.) but not idling either. I've since upgraded those switches for something else, but the X4012s have been moved elsewhere for the past year or two (still relegated to the basement due to fans) with typically little traffic, but it can burst fairly high on occassion.

In my opinion, they are still nice little switches if you can get one for a decent price. I'm not sure I would buy another at this point, but that is due more to my current setup than the switches themselves.
What did you upgrade to? I got my X4012s for 275 + shipping together on ebay(so $138~ each), the seller seemed motivated to move them. I'm always on the lookout for anything with fancier web interfaces as I like everything to be accessible from a web browser with a modern interface. I still have an ICX7250-24 that I'll most likely keep but I wanted to unify my main platform with more Dell equipment (Dell VRTX + blades w Dell switches), so I picked up 3 X1026s for 30/ea to use a management/uplink switches. It sucks they don't have dedicated interface managements, but between 10 switches, 24-2 SFP+ ports is more than I need.