HPE ProCurve Review

They have one switch, with interval redundancy, power supplies, etc. that can be used as a core element within a network for providing flexible ports.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that you have a very flexible product. You can mix the ports and set up based on your network needs.

It can even compensate for fractions of fans or power supplies, which can easily be exchanged, for example.

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit there is that they have one switch, with interval redundancy, power supplies, etc. that can be used as a core element within a network for providing flexible ports.

What needs improvement?

It is not really extendable. You have no interlink features for using it as a core, as it was was intended for in the beginning.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it since 2005 when it was the 5300 series.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable as long as you have three spots. If not, it's air-card solutions. In the meantime, there are other popular solutions in the portfolio that are more scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We had no support contract in that area so I cannot weigh in on that point. But all the other services, warranties, exchanges, etc. all worked well.

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

We switched because it was the most flexible one on the market from a port-modular perspective. It was the only one at that time where you had redundant components in one chassis.

How was the initial setup?

You can set up without fail if you're experienced with such systems.

What other advice do I have?

If there is a use case where this kind of switch is useful, I would say, yeah, go for it, use it. But with support contracts, and they are a good backbone, because these days, you need another layer of switching up in the higher level.


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

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