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"It's a reliable product that you can depend on.""The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful.""The technical support is fantastic!""Management-wise, this is a good solution.""The solution has great open architecture.""All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them.""The most valuable features are stability, ease of management, and the monitoring tool.""We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices."

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"The installation is very straightforward.""We only use the basic features and we find that it works well.""This product is widely available and the warranty is very good.""This solution is overall a high-grade solution compared to others.""Cisco's support is number one in the world.""The solution's valuable features are the speed of network transfer, it can transfer four to six gigabits per second.""It is easy to configure and troubleshoot.""It is very scalable."

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"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.""It's a little less convenient for more simplified management needs.""If you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best.""We would like to see centralized, cloud-based management.""The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control.""It would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced.""It's an expensive product.""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."

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"We are less in the Cloud because the Cloud technologies didn't work so well. That happened in all of the companies where I've been engaged.""Cisco could also open the API up to work closely with other systems.""Integration with third-party products could be improved.""Up to a certain network size, it is easy to scale, but after that, it becomes difficult.""One thing we did have to work around is, on the broadcast side, we're reliant on the PTP protocol, precision time protocol, and the Cisco switches in general, don't support that.""The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this.""I don't like that you have to have a license of 10 years to use the switch. I don't understand that policy.""The user interface, the UI, could be better."

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"Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.""It is expensive compared to the competition.""The product is a bit expensive.""I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.""The price point was a big consideration for us and it is reasonable enough that we're able to standardize on Aruba for the networking pieces in our organization.""This is an expensive product, costing about double what most competitors do.""The pricing is perfect.""The price of these switches is high."

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"The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us.""The solution does not require a license. However, it is expensive and the price could improve.""Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved.""It is an expensive product.""In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side.""It's a little expensive.""Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing.""The cost of this solution is expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable.
Top Answer: I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
Top Answer: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
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8400 Series, 8320 Series, 5400R Series, 3810 Series, 2930M Series, 2930F Series, 2920 Series, 2540 Series, 2530 Series
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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.

Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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Sample Customers
Purdue University
Linz AG
Top Industries
Consumer Goods Company17%
Manufacturing Company17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company15%
Construction Company5%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise30%
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Aruba Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 17 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 51 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Aruba Switches writes "Reasonably-priced and easy to manage from a central location". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, NETGEAR Switches and Dell EMC PowerSwitch Campus and Branch Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Arista Networks Platform. See our Aruba Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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