HPE Ethernet Switches Review

Good for network-based storage and stacks well, but security on the lower-end models should be improved

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the HPE Ethernet Switches are one of the network infrastructure products that we implement for our customers.

They are used from edge to core and I usually implement them for storage traffic and IP over ethernet, like NFC, iSCSI, or SAS. 

How has it helped my organization?

Our customers' needs are simple and not very sophisticated, and these switches allow us to set up the solution and forget about it. As much as possible, we isolate subnets or infrastructure to ensure that the frontend network is separate from the backend network storage. This helps to reduce problems.

What is most valuable?

HPE is very good for cases where you use storage for server networking

The product's stacking technology is stable and works well.

What needs improvement?

Authentication and other security features are not easily satisfied using the lower-end switches. For better security, you need to implement enterprise-level hardware and software.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with the HPE Ethernet Switches for six years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our clients for this product range in size from small businesses to university campuses. In a small business, they might have 200 to 300 users with perhaps between 500 and 1,000 endpoints. The scale for a campus would be in the area of 3,000 to 5,000 endpoints.

How are customer service and technical support?

When we or our partners sell this product, it usually sells only with a hardware warranty. It does not come with software support. When there is an issue, we normally just update the switch or try to find out what version or what configuration is suitable for the product.

Ideally, once we install and configure it, we can forget about it. This is our motto.

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

The Comware version from H3C was very useful for our customer base, but the product line is changing and the customers are changing. Some of our customers use Cisco, HPE, or other products, and I have to configure them. I recommend products to customers, although it often depends on what they already have in their environment.

In cases such as Comware, where the line no longer exists, I recommend new products.

With Cisco Switches, you cannot buy them without the support and a license.

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

This is an expensive product. Some features can be added after purchase, which comes at an additional cost.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, the product works very well, we don't have any problems, and I can recommend it. 

Although people can have a lot of trouble with these switches, they are human management issues. This is why we are careful to choose the correct products and to do the implementation and integration correctly.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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