Aruba Switches Reviews

Aruba Switches is the #4 ranked solution of our top Ethernet Switches tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Meraki MS Switches - Aruba Switches vs Meraki MS Switches

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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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Maarten Van Den Berg
Real User
Team Lead, Technical Support at Innovam
Aug 21 2020

What is most valuable?

What I like about the product is its open architecture, the API based line of thought, so to speak. There are plenty of options and possibilities for automation and programming. We see that as a way forward for networking as a whole. These… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution is a little less convenient for more simplified management needs. It doesn't use a traditional, classical user interface for small changes. For monitoring, it's fine, but for small changes, less so. It means that our staff who… more »

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

We switched to this product because the previous solution had reached its end of support and end of life.

What other advice do I have?

If you start using these products, then it's a good idea to check whether the product that you're going to use is in the same management fabric. We use a slightly different hardware architecture for the access switches, the 2930f… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at the Cisco option, but since we already had Aruba wireless and we had virtually no Cisco products in our environments, we went for Aruba.
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 »
Ayman Said
Real User
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
Aug 06 2020

What is most valuable?

It's a reliable product that you can depend on. You can use it for a long time without any issues.

What needs improvement?

Visibility needs improvement. We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to FortiSwitch because it has visibility. Currently, we have visibility and compatibility with… more »

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

There are no licenses, you just purchase the switch. Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.

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

We started with Aruba a long time ago when they were originally 3Com Switches.

What other advice do I have?

We have experience working in networking products, high-security products like firewalls, switches, and all data center products. We would happy to use Aruba Switches in the future if there are new… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are considering migrating from Aruba to possibly Cisco, or to Fortinet FortiSwitch. We are comparing and conducting studies in order to move forward.
AamirHussain
Real User
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
Suhaib Al-Khatib
Real User
System Engineer at Neogenesis technical solutions
Jul 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful. H switches in the core layer are great. The configuration in the other vendors like Cisco for Data Center are different for H. We have Nexus for H, and we have Cisco… more »

What needs improvement?

I can't think of any features that need to be added. It works quite well for us as it is. The dashboard could be improved, especially for the CX Switches. It would help to push scripts and configurations via an easy to use dashboard, one… more »

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

For Aruba, there is no licensing to deal with, and that's the best. For features or protocols, no licensing is ever needed.

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

I was using Juniper before Aruba. I still use them, occasionally. For the H switches, Aruba is better and more stable.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Aruba. I'm a systems engineer, not a technical engineer, so I don't look too closely at the technical aspects of the solution. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. I'd rate the solution nine 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.
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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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