HPE Ethernet Switches Review

Forget reputation. Test HP and see why they are the best switches.


What is most valuable?

Product range, ease of use, best-in-class warranty

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HP Networking were limited to the large mid-market/small corporate until they acquired 3com

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Excellent customer focus from a channel-driven organisationTechnical Support: Annoying L1 support, world-class L3 support

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

I used a variety of vendors prior to adopting HP; Cisco for the high-end and various "prosumer" brands for customers on a budget. HP gave me quality that equalled or surpassed Cisco with a TCO within range of D-Link/Netgear

How was the initial setup?

One of the strongest features of HP ProCurve switches is how easy they are to configure/deploy

What about the implementation team?

In-house

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

I have deployed hundreds of HP solutions for customer; mostly replacing Cisco over the last several years. The typical ROI is < 2 years with some coming within 12 months

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. I continued to consider Cisco as well as evaluating other "1st tier" vendors such as Extreme, Brocade/Foundry and Juniper

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I am a consultant/solutions architect that has freely chosen to endorse HP switches following extensive industry experience (>20 years) and after having significant experience with other vendors' products

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