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AmrIssa
Real User
Chief Information Officer at mobica
Nov 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the controller and the access points. Aruba access points have a good transfer rate. It is powerful for the internet, the GUI is good, the configuration is very good, and it is very easy to use. In contrast… more»

What needs improvement?

Managing Aruba Switches is not as good as Cisco Controller. The switch needs to be bigger than it is now. Increasing the number of gigabytes in the switch would improve the switch interacting. You can download the DBS or the datasheet to… more»

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

This solution is not cheap and they don't have a plan to certify it as Cisco does. Cisco is a famous vendor with options for certification. Aruba does not have a certified license in ARC and CNV. Their certification is for the marketing of… more»

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

We have a client who has a nine-story apartment building and in our design, and we researched the internet for different access points. We presented the client with Cisco and TriCom, but our customer was not satisfied. We then introduced… more»

What other advice do I have?

We used and configured Tricom Switches. HP merged with Tricom and the company after that Aruba merged with HP. The switch became very different, it is good and has a different configuration. We have had a few problems in our company, we… more»
Real User
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable aspect is that it integrates with ClearPass, which allows us to use the same management for wireless LAN and wired LAN.

How has it helped my organization?

The zero-touch provisioning made it possible for electricians to install and wire the switches that allows for the continuation with the zero touch provisioning mechanism… more»

What needs improvement?

The written documentation, all the available documentation, is often a little bit hard to find. The solution lacks documentation of recent features. We have access… more»

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

We just had all the licenses for five years included in the bidding process. Since the competitive nature of the resulting contract, our actual costs might not reflect the… more»

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

We previously used Brocade. The switches portion of the organization was bought by Extreme Networks. The company broke down, which is why we had to switch. The hardware of… more»

What other advice do I have?

We've been implementing, with the help of Aruba, with zero-touch provisioning in a newly opened hospital. Roughly 450 switches have been put into operation using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a public hospital we are obliged to implement a public bidding process. We had been in discussions with many companies, including, for example, Cisco. In the end, it… more»
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Alfred_Pullicino
Real User
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The cloud configuration is the most valuable feature of this solution. Watching in the cloud, propagating the actual devices themselves and the management of devices that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've got two different remote offices and after deploying Aruba I can manage the network without any problems because it's publicly available. I can be anywhere and still… more»

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see network access control on the switches themselves. I would like to see security functionalities when it comes to monitoring the… more»

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

Licensing costs are on a yearly basis.

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

We switched from our previous solution because we wanted to have a robust level grade of equipment.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering this solution is to play it out before and choose whoever has the better solution. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten out of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Cisco Meraki. I did not choose Meraki because of the licensing model. If for some reason you don't renew the subscription, you lose the network and the… more»
AamirHussain
Real User
Network Specialist at AGI
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The switching configuration is very simple and not as complicated as Cisco. It's easy to do and the deployment is very quick. When it comes to RMA, the replacement of Aruba parts is very good, and they are very prompt. There is a limited lifetime warranty with the switches, so if we have any… more»

What needs improvement?

Visibility and controls need to be improved. When I compare the Aruba switch with Meraki, Meraki has more visibility and more controls. HPE Aruba has not done any development and research on the SD LAN. They may have another solution for the SD LAN. Aruba should have SD LAN features to provide more… more»

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

I have experience with Cisco Meraki switches.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product. I would rate this product a seven out of ten.
Hamed Wasel
Real User
Sr. Security Network Engineer at Children's Cancer Hospital
Nov 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Aruba Smart Rate Port.

What needs improvement?

The templates to automate our switches need improvement. We apply a template using Bison or ANSI C to automate our tasks daily. We are using Bison and ANSI C programming language to automate our work for shutting down ports, and if the… more»

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

We were using other switches by Aruba prior to these. We stayed with Aruba to maintain compatibility.

What other advice do I have?

I received training on this solution from HP, here in Egypt. I strongly recommend Aruba Switches with Aruba products for compatibility. If you use Cisco or other solutions, it may cause some issues with the stability of the environment. I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have also used Cisco switches and they are harder to set up.
Real User
IT Director at a government
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is very reliable. It's easy to use with other solutions.

What needs improvement?

The pricing could be adjusted. The interface could be more user-friendly and the dashboard could be improved.

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

The pricing is decent. It's less expensive than Cisco.

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

I've never used a different solution. At a previous company, we worked with Cisco switches, which I thought were good until I came to this job and saw you could get a cheaper solution that was just as good.

What other advice do I have?

We use both the cloud and on-premises deployment models. I would recommend the solution, especially if you are on a tight budget and are looking for a no-nonsense product. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Reseller
Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

We have issues with the stability of this product. The firmware in this solution has a lot of bugs that become noticeable when you have complex implementations. One of the issues with Aruba switches has to do with part numbers. For example, in the 9230F series, there are a lot of part numbers with… more»

What other advice do I have?

We prefer Ruckus solutions over Aruba, whether they are wired or wireless. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I prefer the ICX switches from Ruckus over this solution. We supply both Ruckus and Aruba solutions to our customers, but regarding stability, future upgrades, and scalability, we prefer Ruckus over Aruba. We have deployed Ruckus with fewer headaches after finalizing the deployments. I open perhaps… more»
Real User
Networking Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Nov 20 2019

What is most valuable?

We like the framework of fabric virtual switching. It is the only virtual link between two switches, particularly with the co-switching environment. The link helps us to avoid issues with the findings tool.

What needs improvement?

I think that the environment for our clients should be simplified. Technical support response time could be better.

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

Previously we used Ubiquiti, it is cheaper but we went with Aruba and Cisco. Cisco is stable and we don't have to worry about it not working. Aruba is still new to us, so we don't know it well, or all of the benefits yet.

What other advice do I have?

We are system integrators and we propose solutions for our clients. From what I read in Gartner Magic Quadrant, Aruba Switches rank highly. It's a good solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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What is Aruba Switches?

Aruba switches bring performance and reliability to the mobile-first campus. These industry-leading switches are scalable, secure, and feature HPE Smart Rate multi-gigabit ports for high-speed connectivity.

Also known as
8400 Series, 8320 Series, 5400R Series, 3810 Series, 2930M Series, 2930F Series, 2920 Series, 2540 Series, 2530 Series
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