Aruba Networks Reviews

D6B8
District Technology at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees
User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 21, 2020
Some of the implementations or features do work as advertised. Urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.

What is our primary use case?

Using this solution district-wide in all of our secondary buildings. We have over 1000 IAP-225 APs deployed, along with ClearPass.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration."
  • "The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation."

What other advice do I have?

Honestly, and simply put, I would look elsewhere. I feel this company falls short on its promises, has been a pain to work with, and the product I feel is inferior to its many competitors. Don't be fooled by the marketing hype; it's a fair product but it's not everything they promise.
reviewer1434741
Head of Operations & Support at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 11, 2020
Very stable, with good integration, but quite expensive

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is quite stable and very robust."
  • "There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring."

What other advice do I have?

We're an Aruba partner. We provide this solution to our customers. We tend to work with and offer the latest version on the market. The version we have now in our offices is more than five years old at this point. It was the latest version when we installed it. Would advise anyone considering using Aruba first do a proof of concept. Different environments will have different needs. It's really up to the team and the performance walls that you're looking to test. If your company is pretty simple and small, it may not be necessary to have Aruba. It would be like buying a Ferrari when all you…
reviewer1312101
Network and Security Consultant at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Oct 22, 2020
Overall a good product that provides role-based authentication native to the controller, but has code stability issues

What is our primary use case?

We run a number of guest wireless networks with captive portals with layer 3 networks. We run .1x for corporate SSIDs or wireless networks for additional certificate-based and/or WPA2 security.

Pros and Cons

  • "Aruba is an industry leader. The hardware is on par, and its performance is also on par with anybody else. The Aruba brand really only focuses on wireless, so they're not competing their R&D for switching data center products and cloud security. They're really focused on that and their underlying key pieces. They provide a role-based authentication that is native to the controller. A lot of other systems don't do that. They won't provide you the ability to basically have everybody join the network, regardless of whether or not they share the same network space, the SSID, or the wireless LAN. You can segment it down to a specific user role based on any kind of attributes that you like. That's their differentiator. If you need per user, per device, or per port segmentation, you can get that with Aruba. There isn't another vendor who does it."
  • "Currently, the stability of the code is the basic underlying problem for us. They had an 8.6 release that came out two weeks ago, but we had to migrate twice because the code wasn't stable. We can't get things to work the same way. Version 8 was a big change for them. They made a change so that it is forced to be a managed hierarchical system. It means that you make changes at the top, and it pushes them downstream. There are a lot of problems with the 8.6 version code. I ran into four bugs in one week and was informed that we should just move onto the next one because all of those fixes have taken place. The feedback loop for fixes is not always really relayed back to you. I don't have a lot of strong things to say about version 8.6. When we had version 6, the controller was pretty much rock solid. We had no problems. We made a heavy investment to migrate a lot of stuff to take advantage of things like WPA3, Wi-Fi 6, and all that kind of stuff, and we haven't been able to turn those features on because we are not confident that they are going to work just yet. So, right now, we're still very much stumbling through the version 8.6 code and just trying to make sure that it is safe before we turn on some of those features. In terms of the marketplace, they are one of the top three leaders. In some respects, one of the things that they focus on is wireless. Therefore, there are some things that should be beyond reproach, as far as I'm concerned. In terms of the stability of the code, there are always going to be bugs, but the core stability of the code needs to be there. When it is not stable, that's a real problem for me because you lose a lot of confidence in the products."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Aruba Wireless, but it depends on the size and the scope. If you are a large-scale enterprise, you are going to need to deploy something large. If you are a big university or something, you are going to have to pick one of the big three, which, in this case, is going to be Cisco, Aruba, or Juniper. Juniper's Mist is a recent addition that is hugely popular right now because of a lot of the stuff it does in the cloud. They are all cloud-based controllers, and they integrate machine learning into all of your analytics to give you data. I think that Aruba Wireless is a good…
reviewer1275930
IT Executive Leader / Innovator at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 24, 2020
Has enabled considerable money savings and reduction in traffic

What is our primary use case?

The use cases are pretty broad simply because we were optimizing the network and the use case if a site had multiple MPLS locations or they were paying for MPLS point to point connections. The main use case was to eliminate the MPLS through the primary carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. We would identify all of those use cases where any site that was leveraging a service called Aryaka which was a whole mesh network. We were removing all of that and migrating to Silver Peak over the internet.

Pros and Cons

  • "We had several clients that were paying $7,500 a month for an MPLS line for one single 10 megabit circuit and we were able to take that from $7,500 a month down to $500 a month for two 10 megabits circuits that added redundancy where before they did not have redundancy and it gave them a much better throughput."
  • "Their WAN optimization in terms of wireless connectivity doesn't have a very good cellular capability."

What other advice do I have?

Out of the 2.7 million that we saved over two years about half came from MPLS and half came from Aryaka savings. Silver Peak needs to come up with a 5G solution. They are clearly the leader in the SDWAN software-defined networking for wide area networks. When you're shipping outside of a domestic you well better have your paperwork and documentation set properly. Otherwise, you are going to get in trouble with the government which is typically the United States and the government that you're sending the device to. If you're sending one to France, Germany, anywhere in Europe, there have very…
reviewer1137387
Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Jun 21, 2020
Easy and manageable network solution

What is our primary use case?

I worked on some projects in Panama and Mexico. I did a large project in Mexico making equipment with at least 80 to 85 branches. We used Orchestrator and EdgeConnect Service Provider.

Pros and Cons

  • "First and foremost, it enables the customer to deploy high availability connections. This kind of solution enables them to deploy these HA connections for policies mostly automatically. It's a more automated approach than with other vendors."
  • "They have to implement more security with it. The security, mainly their firewall functions, have to be included in the firewall features."

What other advice do I have?

My main advice regarding the SD-WAN product is to do research the customer's topology well. A good understanding of the customer's policies and the customer's implemented technologies, their topology, is important. It is important that they have a good design because the design is the key to success in this kind of space. It is same when we were working with WAN optimization. You have to do good research before implementing a product. The key is still the same. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate them at eight. What I learned from working with them was that their approach is to simplify…

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Voderima
Systems and Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees

I have experience working as a systems and network engineer for a pharmaceuticals company. 


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Chief Investment Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I have more than ten years of experience at a financial services firm with 10,000+ employees. 


We are currently evaluating Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless, and Cisco Wireless. What are the biggest differences between the three? Which do you recommend?


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