HPE ProCurve Alternatives and Competitors

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Real User
Network Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 12 2020

What is most valuable?

I have been using ExtremeSwitching for so long that it is really natural for me. I just use them. I guess if I had to pick something I really like, it would maybe be the ease of using their protocol… more »

What needs improvement?

I think Extreme can learn a few things from Cisco's approach. That is not to say that trying to become Cisco would be an improvement for Extreme. It is just that they might acknowledge the differences… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All I can say about Extreme pricing is that it is much less expensive than Cisco and more expensive than HP. It is less expensive than Tesco by a mile. On pricing, it is going to beat most of the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with both Cisco and Extreme at different times. It is almost like Alice in the Looking Glass when you compare Extreme to Cisco. Cisco uses iOS. Extreme uses xOS. These two solutions are… more »

What other advice do I have?

Advice that I would give to people considering switches is that I think Extreme products are pretty feature-rich and they are definitely worth considering alongside the competition. They just have to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The products we buy are influenced by our company's business model. Everything we want to implement that is over 30-grand, we have to do an RFP for. So a lot of times to get under that threshold, we… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Apr 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers. HP engineers are difficult to find and you have to train them, which brings up the price of an HP solution.

What needs improvement?

Cisco switches are really expensive compared to other solutions, which is something that should be improved. They are almost double in price. As of late, Cisco has been moving from one technology to the next and they don't support each… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have always used Cisco networking solutions, although we are opening a new branch and I think that this time, we will use HP. They do not want to pay one to two million dollars for IT infrastructure. With HP, if they have to pay half a… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to design the system well before deploying it. You have to consider all of the aspects and all of the options. Always beware. If there is a 1% chance of failure then consider it to… more »
AhmedElghawabi
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 19 2020

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure. These switches fully integrate into our Cisco switches without any problem.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were an option to use the device as either a switch or a pass-through for the traffic from inside to outside. This would mean that we would not have to replace hardware in some cases. I think that the IBM switches have this feature. It would be great to have modules that… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have Cisco switches in our environment. It is probably 80% Cisco and 20% Dell. I also have experience with Huawei, HP, and Juniper switches. Huawei switches used to use a similar set of commands, but they are different now. HP uses almost the same command set. Juniper switches are more… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have decreased our use of Dell PowerConnect Switches in the past year because we are moving to virtualization and using SDN switches. The problem comes about because it is difficult to see the server end-point directly on the SDN. For our Dell servers, we are replacing the switches with… more »
Chinthaka Kannangara
Real User
Network System Engineer at VSIS
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The technical assistance is good.

What needs improvement?

The exact role that this solution plays, as compared to other products by Cisco, is unclear to our customers. It is sometimes difficult to highlight exactly what individual products are used for and it is something that should be… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are satisfied with the pricing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We primarily use Cisco, but apart from that, we also use networking solutions from Aruba. If a customer has a critical demand for a product from another vendor such as Juniper or HPE then we can provide it. However, normally we use either… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most of our customers are satisfied with the solutions from Cisco. That said, nothing is ever completed because everybody has their own difficulties and challenges. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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