HPE Ethernet Switches Review

Used Cisco Catalyst Switches – changed due to cost of POE ports compared to HP.

What is most valuable?

Some valuable features include cost per Gigabit Port, Layer 3 Capability, POE Support.

How has it helped my organization?

By reducing the need for an in-line power source over Ethernet using injectors for small devices, we are able to power wireless access points. Additionally, cameras, and telephones from a single device.

What needs improvement?

Additional Routing Protocols, such as OSPF could be implemented for larger scale Layer 3 capability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for 2 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:


Technical Support:


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

Cisco Catalyst Switches – changed due to cost of POE ports in Cisco compared to HP.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward. The system was pre-programmed with an ip address – simply attach to the ip address and program. The system acts as a normal switch before turning the other functions on.

What about the implementation team?

In-house team.

What was our ROI?

350% due to stability in the product, low power use, and administrative requirements such as down time.

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

$3158 for the switch itself. $288 in costs over 3 years for Power and Cooling.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, due to the cost.

What other advice do I have?

IF new to HP, read the documents. The OS is different than Cisco.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user151515 (Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

Regarding OSPF, which switches did you use? Ignoring the ComWare range (and their SOHO products), HP has clear delineation between their switch ranges that goes back for over a decade which makes it easy to select the right solution:
25xx = Pure L2 switches, supporting most L2 technologies including QoS, VLANs, PoE/+, etc. Excellent for edge where cost is an important factor
26xx = 10/100 L2/L3-lite switches. Similar to the 2500 series but adds static routing
29xx = GbE L2/L3-lite switches with static routing and high-speed stacking
3xxx = Full L3 stackable switches switches. Supports Most L3 routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP4); latest model (3800) includes high-speed stacking and redundant PSU
40xx = L2 port bucket. These are crap, don't waste your money
5xxx = Full L3 modular switches. Same features as the 3000 series but adds redundant management modules, 40GbE (in the latest revision) and the ability to embed appliances/file servers within the switch itself
All HP switches are full dual-stack IPv4/IPv6

author avatarit_user219912 (IT Infrastucture - Cloud Admin at Primary S.A.)

I´m using the HPe Aruba 2920 switches, they are great! Cheaper than Cisco plus easy to setup and manage. The only thing were cisco is better is in the documentation.