What is our primary use case?
We use and sell the 800 series switch. We compare the Aruba switches to the comparable Cisco switches as they have a similar feature set. We can sell them primarily because they cost less than Cisco. We use the Virtual Switching Extension feature that Aruba has for better performance and high availability. Aruba switches can be used in small and large businesses.
What is most valuable?
We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices. We have also found that the Aruba switches are very easy to use.
What needs improvement?
I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure.
For how long have I used the solution?
We have been using Aruba Switches for the last six to seven years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Aruba switches are a stable solution.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Aruba switches are very scalable. It can be integrated with other solutions. They can be used with either ClearPass or Cisco ICE.
How are customer service and technical support?
Aruba technical support is very useful. you can contact them with a global number. They answer very quickly, in a few minutes we have the engineer on the call. So the technical support seems better than Cisco from a support perspective.
How was the initial setup?
This initial setup of Aruba switches is very simple. The length of the deployment depends on how many switches are, and what type of switches you're doing, access switches versus the distribution switches. With a larger deployment, we need to take the time to take appropriate order, depending upon the client, location, and all that.
What about the implementation team?
We deploy the Aruba switches for our clients.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Aruba switches are cheaper than Cisco for a similar feature set. The licensing costs are also cheaper than Cisco.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We have also used Cisco switches and they provide a similar feature set.
What other advice do I have?
I would rate Aruba switches at a nine out of a scale of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?