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Pros
"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 solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy.""The interface is very straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the port analytics.""We are able to monitor everything that is happening on our network.""Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration."

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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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"The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now.""We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users.""Before using FortiSwitch, you need several certifications.""With IT products, there is always room for improvement.""FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move or touch the diagram."

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"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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"Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco."

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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: Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration.
Top Answer: Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco.
Top Answer: FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move, automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move the diagram.
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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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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.

With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

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Sample Customers
Purdue UniversityBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company17%
Hospitality Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
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Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company16%
University10%
Construction Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government9%
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Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise25%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Aruba Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 20 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 18th in Ethernet Switches with 5 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.4, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.2. 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 Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good visibility, a seamless connection with FortiGate and very easy to configure". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and NETGEAR Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch, Mellanox Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and NoviFlow NoviSwitch. See our Aruba Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center report.

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