Aruba Switches Review

A Stable Access Point Solution with Smart Rate Ports

What is our primary use case?

We use four Aruba Switches, in one stack, for 802.1X.

We use Aruba Switches mainly as access points.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Aruba Smart Rate Port.

What needs improvement?

The templates to automate our switches need improvement.

We apply a template using Bison or ANSI C to automate our tasks daily.

We are using Bison and ANSI C programming language to automate our work for shutting down ports, and if the support has locked our shutdown with port security.

Cisco has Nexus Switches for the Data Center solutions. These switches are very powerful. In my research, I haven't found anything that is comparable.

In the next release or the near future, I would like similar Data Cente switches included.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Aruba Switches are very stable when you are using the full solution. 

Aruba Switches are still in the testing phase.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't tested the scalability for this solution yet, but there is another building that we are expanding to and we expect it to scale there.

We have approximately one thousand users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had any issues with this solution so we have not opened any tickets with technical support.

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

We were using other switches by Aruba prior to these. We stayed with Aruba to maintain compatibility.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is very simple.

What about the implementation team?

When we implemented the solution, we called a vendor to support us.

We have an in house assistant who configured the solution, but we had a vendor here to support us if we needed it.

We configured all of our switches to gain the experience.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have also used Cisco switches and they are harder to set up.

What other advice do I have?

I received training on this solution from HP, here in Egypt.

I strongly recommend Aruba Switches with Aruba products for compatibility. If you use Cisco or other solutions, it may cause some issues with the stability of the environment.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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