Aruba Switches Room for Improvement

Chief Information Officer at mobica
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 see the switch interacting. The switch interacting is the transfer of data from the port to the switch. They should provide training courses for certification, and have it available on the internet. They need to increase marketing for their products, especially for the solutions that are stable and very hard working. They should plan an event to market this solution. Aruba could consider opening a training center for engineering, or IT students. A suggestion would be to see the unit have a configuration switch like SMTP to send an email to the users if the performance is delayed or down. That would be very useful. In the command line, we can configure in SMTP to send an email alert to the user and the support worldwide, so that they can know about the problem before it happens. View full review »
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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 directly to Aruba, Germany, so they are always helpful, but if you start, for instance, with something a little bit more complex like zero-touch provisioning, that would require a more comprehensive written piece. The available REST API is invaluable for elegant integration with the core and distribution network. There are some new multicast features coming up, but they are just in the process of preparation by IEEE, and I would like to see them as soon as possible. View full review »
Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
There are many options with the modular switch and you buy cards for it. If you want 48 ports of one gig, you can buy a card for that, but more options would be better. Right now, there's only eight, an eight-port, 10 gig module and sometimes we need a little denser than eight ports. It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module. View full review »
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Maarten Van Den Berg
Team Lead, Technical Support at Innovam
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 have a less technical background are not able to help out with minor changes - the environment is less suitable for them. I do think the graphical user interface for small changes could use some more love, so to speak. But let me reiterate that it's only required for staff that is less knowledgeable. For larger rollouts, larger deployment, everything ought to be API and program based. And in that department, the environment is quite sufficient. View full review »
IT Manager at Genesis Global
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 bit of the wireless section of the switches. View full review »
Ayman Said
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
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 the firewall. Through the firewall, we can see the entire network. They are not very active with this solution. There is no followup with the vendors and resellers, they do not contact us to inform us of new technologies as they do with Cisco and Fortinet. Other vendors are more active in the community. In the next release, I would like to see visibility included, as well as better integration with other platforms. View full review »
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
The cost of the solution could be improved. Before it became Aruba, it was a cheaper product. When Aruba was acquired by HPE, the prices went up. Most features I would want are there already. It's basically the upgrade, in terms of speed, and the price aspect that are issues for us. Right now we have the new switches, the Pen G features, which are still very expensive. Maybe in two or three years, these switches will be more affordable. View full review »
Ramesh Benure
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted only one or two interfaces, not the whole hardware. View full review »
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 visibility on the network and to be able to control things like the traffic shifting or for voice or data. Currently, Aruba does not have this capability. It may be there, but it's tedious. In the next release or the very near future, I think that it is very important to simplify the dashboard and features similar to Meraki. Meraki has a good dashboard and the way they are presenting the information is very useful. I am forced to consider changing products because other solutions have a better dashboard and a user-friendly interface. Other solutions also have better control and visibility. View full review »
Suhaib Al-Khatib
System Engineer at Neogenesis technical solutions
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 which would give us complete visibility of all of our switches in one place. Right now, we have more than one dashboard for Aruba. It would be nice if it was centralized. View full review »
Hamed Wasel
Sr. Security Network Engineer at Children's Cancer Hospital
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 support has locked our shutdown with port security. Cisco has Nexus Switches for the Data Center solutions. These switches are very powerful. In my research, I haven't found anything that is comparable. In the next release or the near future, I would like similar Data Cente switches included. View full review »
Steven Adema
Consultant at Visolity B.V.
Our clients are really very satisfied with the service this product provides. I really see nothing for the moment that needs improvement. There was a new release at the beginning of this year that is currently available, so essentially it is a new product. It has kept up with good development. The only improvement I can really see is that maybe they could get more competitive price-wise. Technically we are satisfied with the product. View full review »
Network Security Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure. View full review »
IT Director at a government
The pricing could be adjusted. The interface could be more user-friendly and the dashboard could be improved. View full review »
Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 lots of interface names that make the user confused as to which one he can use for the future. Some switches have only a 1Gbs uplink while others have only a 10Gbs uplink, and there are no clear details which one has which interface. The difference comes when you look at the pricing. Having less confusing part numbers would be an improvement. View full review »
Navin Gadhvi
Assistant Manager IT at Suzuki Motor Gujtarat
I have an opinion about Aruba controllers. Aruba access points do not require any controllers. Aruba controllers have different VLANS and there is no need to configure the access points, rather only the controller. You can put different VLANs on the same controllers. You don’t need to reconfigure it. This is a good feature that would be a good vehicle to use in the next release. View full review »
Network Architect & Pre-Sales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
With Aruba, some of the models that are available, you need simple features, but you have to go to very high models, very expensive models. They need to come up with a bit more flexibility in their range of models. I would like to see more flexibility with regard to the models that are available. View full review »
Networking Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I think that the environment for our clients should be simplified. Technical support response time could be better. View full review »
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
They have limited CLI options in the UI and this is something that needs improvement. Aruba should create a line of switches that are suitable for the industrial market. View full review »
Hossam Ismail
Expert Network Consultant at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control. View full review »
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I think that the performance is getting better but they need to have more powerful switches on the market so that they can capture medium and large businesses. They don't have any data center switches. View full review »
Dariusz Moszyk
Manager IT at Hormann Legnica Sp. z o.o.
Overall, it's a very good product. There isn't really a feature that needs to be simplified or improved. The element of security always can be improved. If the solution continues to improve its security functionality, it will continue to be a great product. View full review »
Senior Technical Officer at Sri Lanka Telecom Services
I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points. They are very high for a country like Sri Lanka. It's a good product, but the price is too high. Here, most customers are interested in cheaper, local solutions like Planet Switches. I think Auba is better than the local solutions, but they need to cut the cost down in order for people to switch over to them. View full review »
Chief Information Officer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced. View full review »
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
We would like to see centralized, cloud-based management. If the price were lower then it would be more competitive with other products by vendors such as Cisco and Ruckus. View full review »
Solutions Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see the data center area improving by some added features in the future. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Aruba Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
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