HPE Ethernet Switches Review
We chose HP as they were able to come up with some solutions that were a little outside of the box when things didn’t quite fit.


Valuable Features

I would say, to start with, the most valuable feature is that HP is not too different from existing systems. You don’t have to change too much the mode of operation that the ops teams are used to, and the command interfaces are workable.

Improvements to My Organization

We’re still in the implementation phase.

Room for Improvement

We’ve been getting fixes for things that were missing initially, but v6 support is there and has everything we need.

Scalability Issues

Because this is a modular device, we feel we can use scale in the future. The IRF is also important to us.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Overall good. We’re running into some issues when looking at beta code, something HP isn't focused on. The support people don’t want to talk too much about that.

Previous Solutions

We’re basically trying to look at an openstack infrastructure solution. We’re using it on a voice-over-infrastructure, supporting IMS. We’re using a Cisco solution right now.

Initial Setup

I would say it’s no more complex than anything else, so we’re learning that people are protecting systems a bit differently.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked at -

  • Cisco
  • Juniper
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • HP
  • Aresta
  • Erickson

We chose HP because they met most of the criteria that we were looking at, and they were able to come up with some solutions that were a little outside of the box when things didn’t quite fit. They were more proactive on the sales/engineering side and with pre-solution support.

Other Advice

You should look for high performance, low maintenance, open flow, and XLAN when choosing a solution. Compatibility with other products is also very important. Some routing protocols were required.

Overall, the solution is a little more complicated than we initially wanted, but it’s pretty good. It’s going to be a learning and teaching experience for service providers. Solutions are there, but they’re not always the same methodologies for the same businesses.

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

2 Comments

it_user214767User

Hi, I'd challenge you to look at the Brocade Ethernet Switches and see what they offering. see below link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tMZgCydYQ

25 June 15
Karen NorthumConsultant

In my opinion, support from HP has always been an issue on some level.

25 June 15
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