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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching."
"They don't ever fail and they have a long service life."
"The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers."
"The most valuable feature is the ease of configuring a switch."
"In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient."
"We have dealt with Cisco's technical support in the past. They were especially helpful and very polite. They are always there if we need them and their insights are always excellent. I would say that we have been satisfied with the level of support we've gotten so far."
"They have a robust monitoring system."
"A very expandable solution."
"It's easy to manage and configure. The configurations can be exported and imported to another solution."
"The solution is fast and inexpensive."
"The LAN features give us exactly what we need."
"ProCurve is easy to configure and to know how to create each connection and configuration."
"It has a lifetime warranty, that includes lifetime updates."
"The user interface is simple to use."
"The web page interface is very convenient and easy to use for setting up your feedback loops."
"The user interface is the most valuable aspect of the solution for us."
"Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment."
"The price is high and it should be improved."
"I would like to see better compatibility between Cisco and other vendors."
"Reducing the price would be an improvement."
"Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive."
"The user interface needs improvement. Meraki has a much nicer UI. Cisco could learn a lot by looking at them. It might make them a bit more user friendly."
"The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS."
"The switches could be improved."
"The only things that might need improvement would be the administrative tools and the graphical interface. The GUI could be improved on the administrative interface, for example."
"The solution doesn't have web-based management, which is why we've moved to a different solution."
"We do occasionally have issues with the solution and need to change out the switches sometimes. This can be due to the fan, but, in most cases, it's because the power supply was broken."
"Procurve would work better if it had more options like the web environment."
"If you make a change and you disconnect yourself from the switch, you will create an issue."
"I would like to see integration with HPE OneView."
"The dashboards could be improved to be more interesting."
"The solution should offer different gigabit interfaces. Right now, they have ten gigabits. However, for our needs, we only need one gigabit. We don't need 24 or 48 ports. We only need eight to ten. HPE should introduce into their portfolio some smaller and more compact options."
"Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts."
"The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support."
"The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees."
"Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000."
"The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium."
"Cisco products are not that cheap."
"Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
"I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
"You buy the switch and that's it."
"The cost of HPE ProCurve is good."
"The purchasing cost a few years ago for two units was approx €5,000."
"This is an expensive switch."
"The price of this product is cheap."
"HPE ProCurve products are reasonably priced."
"The price could be more competitive."
Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews while HPE ProCurve is ranked 4th in LAN Switching with 12 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while HPE ProCurve is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE ProCurve writes "Easily configurable and is easy to create each connection and configuration". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches, QSC Q-SYS NS Series and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches, whereas HPE ProCurve is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus, Brocade VCS and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. HPE ProCurve report.
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