Aruba Switches Review

Centralized Management that need improvements in the Visibility and Control

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for Network connection and centralized monitoring and troubleshooting.

What is most valuable?

The switching configuration is very simple and not as complicated as Cisco. It's easy to do and the deployment is very quick.

When it comes to RMA, the replacement of Aruba parts is very good, and they are very prompt.

There is a limited lifetime warranty with the switches, so if we have any problems, the switch is replaced very quickly. As an example, if I call in the morning, by tomorrow I will receive a box with the replacement.

What needs improvement?

Visibility and controls need to be improved. When I compare the Aruba switch with Meraki, Meraki has more visibility and more controls.

HPE Aruba has not done any development and research on the SD LAN. They may have another solution for the SD LAN.

Aruba should have SD LAN features to provide more visibility on the network and to be able to control things like the traffic shifting or for voice or data. Currently, Aruba does not have this capability.

It may be there, but it's tedious.

In the next release or the very near future, I think that it is very important to simplify the dashboard and features similar to Meraki. Meraki has a good dashboard and the way they are presenting the information is very useful.

I am forced to consider changing products because other solutions have a better dashboard and a user-friendly interface. Other solutions also have better control and visibility.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is quite stable. To date, we have not had any complaints.

We have our HP IMC (Intelligence Management Center), which is a centralized management control center where I can monitor all of the switches. I can monitor the health of the network appliances, and the CPUs main process. Everything.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had to contact technical support. We handle the issues with our in-house resources.

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

I have experience with Cisco Meraki switches.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

The implementation and configuration are not that difficult.

If you have ten to fifteen switches it can take a day. You have to stack it, then put them all together, complete the configuration, the hardening, and the testing, that is a complete full day, eight hours.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product.

I would rate this product a seven out of ten.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

2620 Series
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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