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"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 are remote.""This solution is easy to use.""There is a limited lifetime warranty with the switches, so if we have any problems, the switch is replaced very quickly.""The solution's stability is really great. We found it very solid.""The most valuable feature is the Aruba Smart Rate Port.""The solution is very stable.""Aruba access points have a good transfer rate.""The solution is very reliable. It's easy to use with other solutions."

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"The initial setup was really straightforward and easy.""The technical support is good.""There's a zone for each server and services in the storage.""It has good integration with HPE Primera. They have smart zoning in which the administration is very easy. You don't have to do anything. Zoning and other things are done automatically if you just enable the smart zoning. That's one very good thing in HP."

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Cons
"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.""The firmware in this solution has a lot of bugs that become noticeable when you have complex implementations.""I am forced to consider changing products because other solutions have a better dashboard and a user-friendly interface.""The written documentation, all the available documentation, is often a little bit hard to find. The solution lacks documentation, especially on 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 templates to automate our switches need improvement.""I would like to see the data center area improving by some added features in the future.""They should provide training courses for certification, and have it available on the internet.""The interface could be more user-friendly and the dashboard could be improved."

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"There are some performance issues.""No graphical interface.""It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The license is annual. If you purchase a switch, you get a one-year free subscription.""The price of these switches is high.""Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.""The price for Aruba is quite a bit cheaper than it is for similar products by Cisco.""It is expensive compared to the competition.""There are no licensing costs for the Aruba Switches."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution is very reliable. It's easy to use with other solutions.
Top Answer: The pricing is decent. It's less expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: The pricing could be adjusted. The interface could be more user-friendly and the dashboard could be improved.
Top Answer: There's a zone for each server and services in the storage.
Top Answer: There are other solutions that are free and that enable you to check the access of the ports and the IU stats also. In this solution there isn't one for the switch that allows for checking the stats… more »
Top Answer: I work as a system infrastructure engineer and our company is a customer of Brocade.
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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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Aruba Networks
Broadcom
Overview

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.

From the world's first Ethernet fabric technology, to an open controller that eliminates vendor lock-in, to a switch stack that you can distribute throughout your campus, Brocade Ethernet Switches give you choices. Whether that means functionality, vendors, or even locations beyond the wiring closet, every option is secure, economical, and easily manageable.
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Sample Customers
Purdue UniversityAjubeo, Akquinet AG, Big Data Analytics Provider Boligkontoret Danmark Bristol is Open, CDE Lightband, Cicero School District 99, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Emergency, City of Chattanooga, Cloudscale.sh
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company17%
Hospitality Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
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Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company17%
University11%
Construction Company7%
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Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company11%
Government6%
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Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise25%
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Aruba Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 20 reviews while Brocade Ethernet Switches is ranked 15th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.4, while Brocade Ethernet Switches is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Switches writes "Good GUI, easy to configure and use, and offers a good transfer rate". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Brocade Ethernet Switches writes "Secure access to storage data; lacks a graphical interface". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center, whereas Brocade Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Mellanox Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Brocade Ethernet Switches report.

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