HPE Ethernet Switches Review

Its ability to have different modules installed for different media types allowed for easy configuration, but the OS was a little difficult to manage at times.

What is most valuable?

I liked the scalability of the 5400 and 4200. It's ability to have different modules installed for different media types allowed for easy configuration.

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of configuration.

What needs improvement?

I found that the OS on these switches was a little difficult to manage at times. Configuration menus were not always user friendly even for someone with previous Nortel and Cisco experience. One Saving grace was the Procurve manager software. That made things a little easier to manage but I am still a command line person and would have preferred a more user intuitive command line.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used the switches, HP Procurve 5400ZL and 4200VL as well as the 3500yl, for a little over a year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I did not deploy these switches. They were in place when I started working with them.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?


What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No. That is one thing I liked about them.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Never had to call HP - NA

Technical Support:

Never had to call HP - NA

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

I had previously used Nortel and CIsco in a previous position. I switched due to a job change.

How was the initial setup?

The initial set up of the switches was relatively easy. It has a list of questions that you answered similar to Cisco. The problem with this type of setup is it does not cover everything that should be set up on a switch when doing initial configuration.

What about the implementation team?

All implementation and configuration was accomplished with in-house network engineers and administrators.

What was our ROI?


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


What other advice do I have?

Make sure you are familiar with other vendors first. That will help give you the base knowledge on how to navigate and configure this equipment. When all else fails, use the Procurve manager software to manage the equipment.

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