Aruba Wireless Review

The new centralized licensing have made scalability easier than it was in the past.


What is most valuable?

The Wireless integration with ClearPass Policy Manager to give a complete BYOD solution is absolutely the key to today's business requirements. I am sure there is a lot more they can achieve but by far they have been quite innovative in the market.

How has it helped my organization?

There are a lot of features that are quite unique to the product. The products from Aruba Network cater for a wide range of organizations, from media companies like BBC, to IT Companies like Microsoft and lots of universities see a perfect fit for their requirements. As an IT Network implementer I can easily see how this product fits the bill for many questions asked by companies today to embrace the future of IT Devices and personal devices at work.

What needs improvement?

This is an ever growing industry and there are lots of new features that are being requested on a daily basis by different companies, partners and suppliers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it since 2007, about eight years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Like any other product there are a few challenges that need to be overcome as most of the organizations have a heterogeneous network. Aruba products can happily sit over your existing network without making a large change to the way the network works. This is the best bit about Aruba Networks.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product development team is quite good to fix any issues. Considering the large variety of devices and network cards that Aruba has to cater for the number of issue faced have not been significant. They also get a fix out quite quickly before the issue turns into a major problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a very scalable product. The new centralized licensing and the newer controller models have made scalability even easier.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

7/10.

Technical Support:

Technical support is one of the strong areas for Aruba and I would rate it as 8/10.

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

Cisco has always been a close competitor to Aruba Networks but Cisco is much bigger than just wireless hence I think Aruba does justice to what they have to offer and are focused on Wi-Fi only.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is quite straightforward. The solutions can be deployed based on best practices.

What about the implementation team?

The support for implementation both from supplier and vendor is great. The installation definitely takes some ground work and preparation in-house but once it’s all sorted as per the design the product can be fully configured in a couple of days’ time.

What was our ROI?

I think the ROI is great if it is going to replace the wired environment, but it is not going to descale the wired environment then it needs a bit of a hard sell to meet the ROI.

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

This is a very subjective question and has many dependencies like the level of discount you can achieve will contribute largely to the initial cost and the everyday running cost is dependent on how many changes or enhancement you want to make at regular basis.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Cisco Wireless products.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product and if you want complete control over your network for wireless users this is definitely the product you should choose.

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