Aruba Switches Alternatives and Competitors

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Darren-Sinden
Real User
Solutions Specialist - Enterprise Networking & SD-WAN at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us are the APIs. Development there has been very exciting and now we can actually drill down to client levels. What that means is that when I look at the portal I can drill down to the users that are logged on to the network and see what they are using the network for… more »

What needs improvement?

A complaint that I might have about the services is the compliance risk response. If I or our clients put too many devices on a network, threatening emails get triggered by Meraki saying that we are out of compliance. It can put unnecessary fear into the customer of the product that their services… more »

What other advice do I have?

My experience with Meraki goes back to the MS-1 series. That's when I first took the original Meraki training course and got the CMNA (Certified Meraki Networking Associate) certification. We got to play on the newest series of switches around at that time. Those have already gone past their… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a reseller, evaluating options is somewhat built into the business structure. I deal with Meraki, Aruba, and Cisco around enterprise networking, security, voice, and wireless.
Reviewer478057
Reseller
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Mar 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The High Bandwidth AV-over-IP functionality of these switches has been fantastic, especially in leaf-and-spine. We've been able to build redundancy and they seem to outperform even the Cisco Catalyst… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We're seeing a 35 to 40 percent cost drop and, so far, we don't have any returns or any RMAs. No flaws.

What needs improvement?

It looks like they're going to come up with an auto-config, so if it's a slightly different switch, when you plug them together they will auto-recognize each other. Also, if they could come up with… more »

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

The pricing is great. The cost of the hardware is low. I think it would be bad for NETGEAR to start going down the road of a licensing model. We want a one-time, upfront cost. They're not the lowest… more »

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

Our customers primarily switch from Cisco to NETGEAR. It's just a better switch for the same cost for small business: the 350s and 550s. I would even say that NETGEAR can now outperform a Catalyst on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm familiar with many other solutions: Extreme, Luxul, Cisco, Aruba, and Dell, and none of them even come close to NETGEAR. The others don't have IGMP Plus, that's exclusive in NETGEAR. And balancing… more »
Real User
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The cost and versatility are the solution's most valuable features. You can do anything with them if you know how to. The solution has a whole portfolio of routing features available. You don't need to buy special licenses for the solution. You have everything there. The configuration capabilities… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution doesn't fit every need. There are lots of things you cannot do. There is no management and there is no controller in wireless. It's not a real whole network. You have to work them into other solutions. Mikrotik is mostly a standalone solution and you have to manage how it relates to… more »

What other advice do I have?

We buy from wholesalers, but we don't have a special selling agreement with anyone. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten when it fits. It's useless if it doesn't fit. If it fits, I don't think there's a better product when you are looking at price-performance. Overall, I'd rate them nine out of ten… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use a few different solutions. We are installing big networks with Aruba and use Extreme Networks as well. Which solution we ultimately use depends on the project itself.
Jean-Pierre-Gerber
Reseller
System Engineering Manager at pronet-engineering GmbH
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the IRF. It is very good, it has a multi-connection that you can do with multiple aggregation protocols to different chassis and this is a very valuable feature. It's easy to stack more switches together if you need more ports.

What needs improvement?

Technical support needs improvement. Customer awareness, as in the availability of the products, needs to be improved through marketing or other information. Currently, we haven't seen any new switches and we don't know if there will be others. In the next release, I would like to see them include… more »

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

There is no license for this solution. We need a license for having a management solution, but the switch does not need a license. There are free software updates and there is a lifetime warranty for a few of the switch series. If a customer has an issue with a switch and has to return to HPE, they… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest not to invest in this switch. Aruba, which is also HPE, has a great switch. Aruba is taking over these types of switches because of the DLAN and WLAN. I agree that HPE provides good products but I would go with Aruba OS. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.
Kannan Venkatraman
Real User
Team Leader at Dyarco Technology W.L.L
Apr 22 2020

What is most valuable?

We are able to customize this solution based on the customer's requirements. There is a world-wide R&D team that collects feature requests that they use to enhance the product.

What needs improvement?

The price should be lowered so that we can capture more of the market for Ethernet switches. In future versions, I would like to see improvements in networking speed.

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

The pricing is reasonable compared to Aruba and HPE. Cisco switches are more expensive but the others are almost equal in price. That said, if the price were lower then we could capture more of the market.

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

I also have experience with Ethernet switches from Aruba, HPE, and Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

All of the features in these switches are good. In most cases, everything that our customers need is already inbuilt. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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