What is our primary use case?
I am working in a solution-based company. Whenever we get the product, we create a template and deploy it on the customer's site.
We deal with different versions of this product based on a customer's requirements. I have deployed three Aruba 320M Series switches. One of our customers is a marketing company, and they used Aruba switches for LAN purposes. They used the 2930 and 3810 series, and we configured them according to their requirements with LAN, lags, trunking port, etc.
What is most valuable?
These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable.
What needs improvement?
We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted only one or two interfaces, not the whole hardware.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I did not have any issues related to its stability.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It is easy to scale. Our customers are medium-sized companies.
How are customer service and technical support?
Their support is good. We once faced an issue related to the programming or configuration of a switch, and we had raised a ticket with them. Their support engineer had a look and resolved the issue.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We also use Cisco switches. In terms of configuration, Cisco switches are easier than Aruba switches. The configuration commands of Aruba switches are quite similar to Cisco switches. There is just a little bit of difference in the trunking commands and lab configuration.
In terms of scalability, security, and performance, there is no difference between Cisco and Aruba switches. In terms of features, the VRF feature in Aruba switches is better than the one in Cisco switches. This feature is called stack in Cisco switches.
How was the initial setup?
It is a simple process. It is easy to configure Aruba switches.
The deployment duration depends on customer requirements and the number of switches. For a small setup, we can do the configuration within one or two days. For a big setup, it will take more time.
What about the implementation team?
We are an integrator. We also do the maintenance.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.
What other advice do I have?
I would recommend this solution depending on the requirements. It is easy to use and affordable. It is cheaper than other solutions.
I would rate Aruba switches an eight out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?