Aruba Switches Review

Reliable, easy to set up, and cost-effective


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is as the edge and the core switches for our company network.

We are working on an ERP system, domain controller, warehouse management, Salesforce automation, and many other applications.

What is most valuable?

It's a reliable product that you can depend on. 

You can use it for a long time without any issues.

What needs improvement?

Visibility needs improvement. We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to FortiSwitch because it has visibility. 

Currently, we have visibility and compatibility with the firewall. Through the firewall, we can see the entire network.

They are not very active with this solution. There is no followup with the vendors and resellers, they do not contact us to inform us of new technologies as they do with Cisco and Fortinet. Other vendors are more active in the community.

In the next release, I would like to see visibility included, as well as better integration with other platforms. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working wit Aruba Switches for approximately 11 years.

We are working with the 251 and 190 series.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Aruba switches are stable, but we have a few that are hanging.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Aruba Switches are scalable.

We have more than 1,000 users in our company. We have 15 administrators and four people to maintain the network. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is moderate, not excellent. We have been waiting for more than two months for our switches that are hanging to be replaced.

Maintenance and after-sales service are not good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We started with Aruba a long time ago when they were originally 3Com Switches.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, not complex.

Cisco is more complex than Aruba is.

What about the implementation team?

We have many resellers and system integrators in our country, including Cisco and Fortinet.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are no licenses, you just purchase the switch. 

Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are considering migrating from Aruba to possibly Cisco, or to Fortinet FortiSwitch.

We are comparing and conducting studies in order to move forward.

What other advice do I have?

We have experience working in networking products, high-security products like firewalls, switches, and all data center products.

We would happy to use Aruba Switches in the future if there are new technologies that meet our requirements, and our needs regarding visibility. Having visibility in the entire network and to see all of the parts of the network is something that is important to us.

In general, I recommend Aruba Switches.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarGeorge Ferns (Ingram Micro Inc.)
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Visibility is not an issue on Aruba switches. Aruba do end to end cloud based management with Aruba Central that has detailed visibility into wifi, switches and sdwan gateways...The 1900 and 2510 switches are very very old switches and have been EoL for many years..