Compare Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access

Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 32 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 5 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.4, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 7.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "Easy to use, good network visibility, and is able to isolate compromising devices, but the network management needs improvement". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and Meraki MS Switches.
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Pros
It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is application monitoring.It helps the user to have a better vision of what is happening in their network.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 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.

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The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate.The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network.The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information.One of the most feature-packed switching solutions you can implement.

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The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.For a more senior tool, a local application monitoring related to IoT vendors would be useful.They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems.They should simplify the configuration flow.Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.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, Meraki

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The product could use more security related features.If you contact Fortinet, it's a bit difficult. Most of the time, they send you just links and documents to read for troubleshooting. When you contact support, you don't need documents. You want someone that can understand your problem, give a hand, and help you. I'm not impressed by the support really.I don't like the way it's managed.The solution has SD-WAN but it doesn't have SDN. This should be added.Technical support needs to take a different approach and pricing should appear more competitive.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches.It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.The cost appears to be high in comparison to other competing products although with this product you are paying for what you get.

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Ranking
1st
out of 22 in Wireless LAN
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Comparisons
43,046
Reviews
29
Average Words per Review
325
Avg. Rating
8.4
13th
out of 35 in Ethernet Switches
Views
3,429
Comparisons
3,045
Reviews
3
Average Words per Review
609
Avg. Rating
7.0
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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
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Overview
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.

Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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Sample Customers
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University31%
Comms Service Provider12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School12%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Comms Service Provider20%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Media Company6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise40%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise64%
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