Aerohive Networks vs. Aruba Wireless

Aerohive Networks is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 25 reviews vs Aruba Wireless which is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 32 reviews. The top reviewer of Aerohive Networks writes "​HiveManager is useful for managing APs and switches from one cloud interface". The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Some of the implementations or features do work as advertised. Urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation". Aerohive Networks is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless. See our Aerohive Networks vs. Aruba Wireless report.
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HiveManager is incredibly useful for managing APs and switches from one cloud interface.HiveManager is extremely easy to use for anyone with little network experience.The cloud-based controller through HiveManager is its most valuable feature. I can manage and configure changes to my access points from anywhere.The cloud-based management interface allows us to fully manage all our wireless radios, ensuring consistency and ease of access.The cloud management gives us the tools and reports that we need to monitor and troubleshoot the network.a true controller-less approach, where each Access Point is 100% independent from the management system.Integrated Firewall in every AP (with DPI inspection) is a killer feature and it is included already in the price of licence (with others, this feature is an add-on licence).The feature that I like to most is unified management in a multitenant environment, where we can manage all our customers with thousands of devices (routers, switches, VPNs, and APs).

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I have found the Access Point (AP) group profile feature extremely useful. It makes deployments look easy.It has helped in making deployments easier.It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.It delivers constantly, there is no break in the internet using these devices. It also automatically gets connected when the internet comes back. Failure is very low.The performance and the application monitor. You can select the applications you want to use and block on your networkWith the central management system, I'm able to access each device. I can configure one device and then it provisions all the other devices with the same configuration, rather than my having to configure them one by one.With Aruba Wireless Controller, all our access points are connected to one controller. Through that controller, we can actually handle each access point; we can disconnect or connect that access point, and then we can tell, or see, or allow how many users are, or should be, connected through that access point.The most important feature is all about the two wavelengths, the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz, and the access points which are connected to this wireless controller.

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Cons
Need port aggregation on the 2384 switches to take full advantage of ac on the APs. I understand that is on their product road map.Browser load time for the cloud is long and needs improvement.We have had some mediocre to poor experiences with tech support: Conflicting information, condescending attitudes, and reluctance to work to resolve an issue.From our perspective, we would love to see Aerohive provide faster feature enhancement in their Virtual Appliance to match the features with the cloud solution more quickly.The Virtual Appliance crashed once while doing an upgrade. The good thing here is, even if the management system fails, all our networks and features still remain 100% stable and working.Certain features only exist or work in certain versions.A mobile app would be awesome.Their firewall configuration gets funky and it can be difficult to understand.

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They should simplify the configuration flow.Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.What I would like to have with these kinds of devices is the most enhanced security. For example, if I could apply security from wireless devices, that would be great. I would also like more enhanced reports on user adoption, who is getting what bandwidth.I would like to be able to customize Captive Portals.The management system would be better if it were more polished, if it had a better interface like, for example, MerakiIf you want a centralized management system that is able to manage all your networking devices such as the wireless, the switch, the routers, and the firewall, then Aruba may not be the one, because Aruba doesn't do firewalls.The speed could be better. I heard that Aruba is trying to shape the speed inside the wireless controller, but that has not been adopted yet. If they put some kind of mechanism inside the wireless controller for the speed such that, "Okay, this many users will have 20 by 20 - 20 in the upload, 20 in the download. Just this many users. And this many users will have that type of speed." I think it would be very good if they actually bring that functionality inside the wireless controller.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
There are probably cheaper solutions but we invest for stability and performance for the longer haul.I would advise that you be sure to compare apples with apples. Many customers just look at the price per AP and licences, and compare that against other solutions. But, they do not look at the complete picture such as: TCO - how much the equipment will cost you over, say, seven years? Will the customer need to change complete infrastructure when they want to buy the newest hardware? Does support include a lifetime warranty and RMA?For example, if you compare Aruba vs Aerohive, you need to check which licences from Aruba you need to match the functionality of Aerohive (usually you need at least three types of licences and a controller with redundancy). The same goes with Cisco, where you need buy additional licences for central management, firewall, spectral analysis, WIPS, PPSK, etc. Aerohive has a very simple model - one licence for all the functionalities - and you can believe that there are many. One licence makes it easy to maintain, scale, renew and you can plan your costs 10 years in advance.Start small and grow big. You can choose the basic Aerohive Connect free subscription solution and, later, if needed (in terms of functionality) you can upgrade to Aerohive Select.Bring the cost down.Buy near the end of Q4 in order to get a deal.Although the pricing is a bit high, I consider Aerohive to be well worth the money.

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Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.It's not expensive. That is the reason we switched to Aruba.Pricing is competitive. Licensing is needed to maintain access to the latest firmware, which wasn't made clear originally when we started with Arbua (or things changed, I'm not sure which). I would just say, make sure you budget for it.A recent change is that ClearPass licensing is superb. It counts user-based instead of device-based, for BYOD on-boarding.​AP signal strength and price. I know this is a competitive market, but APs should not cost so much if they do not cover a large area. ​The system was very good, but we needed to upgrade in order to adapt for our needs, and doing so with Aruba would have been more expensive. ​Besides paying for the APs, you need to pay a license each year for their use. Therefore, watch out for that and do the best you can to keep costs down.​I am aiding in transitioning my organization to a different wireless solution due to the cost. We need to expand our network and the cost of new APs and an upgraded controller have proved to be prohibitive compared to similar solutions on the market.​

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Also Known AsAerohive WLAN, Aerohive AP, Aerohive WirelessAruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
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Overview
Overview

Aerohive delivers cloud networking that transforms the Connected Experience™, with a simple, secure, and scalable solution built on cloud networking, great Wi-Fi, and applications & insights, to deliver value beyond connectivity. At Aerohive, we believe that every access point is a starting point.

APPLICATIONS & INSIGHTS

Business and IT applications - powered by big-data, APIs, and a partner ecosystem, delivering:

- Personalized Access – streamlined BYOD and guest management
- Vertical Applications – readily available apps and reference apps that enable customers to unlock new functionality, opportunities, and insights
- Development Ecosystem - empowers our partners to fully leverage the API platform and transform network data into value-added apps

CLOUD NETWORKING

Unified management and troubleshooting - public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises, delivering:

- Flexible Deployment – a choice of public/private cloud and on-premises solutions with simple and predictable licensing model
- Simplified Rollout – automated provisioning and guided policy configuration
- Visibility and Control – see how your network is actually being used and maintain order
- Smarter Troubleshooting – a suite of tools designed to make any admin an instant RF guru

GREAT WI-FI

Foundation for connectivity - distributed control architecture and a portfolio of access points, switches, and routers, delivering:

- Distributed Control - eliminates single points of failure with a self-organizing architecture
- Unified Access Layer – access points, switches, and branch routers sharing a single OS platform
- Future-proofed - a grow-as-you-go, mix-and-match architecture that protects your investment

Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersOur customers have already transformed their Connected Experienceby choosing solutions from Aerohive Networks, 75% choosing to repeat business with us. Visit http://www.aerohive.com/customers to see some of our existing customers. Aerohive is a leading independent Wi-Fi vendor, recognized by analysts as a “Visionary.” We partnerwith Apple, Brocade, Dell, Juniper, Verizon, and 100sof leading global channel partners and service providers to serve customers across the globe in the enterprise, education, retail, financial services, and healthcare sectors.Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
Top Industries
Top Industries
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K 12 Educational Company Or School
24%
University
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Retailer
7%
Government
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University
10%
Non Tech Company
8%
Healthcare Company
8%
Manufacturing Company
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University
32%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
11%
Comms Service Provider
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Healthcare Company
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Financial Services Firm
13%
Comms Service Provider
12%
University
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Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
41%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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