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Aruba Switches is #4 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. IT Central Station users give Aruba Switches an average rating of 8 out of 10. Aruba Switches is most commonly compared to Meraki MS Switches:Aruba Switches vs Meraki MS Switches. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 32% of all views.
What is Aruba Switches?

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.

Aruba Switches is 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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What users are saying about Aruba Switches pricing:
  • "The price point was a big consideration for us and it is reasonable enough that we're able to standardize on Aruba for the networking pieces in our organization."
  • "Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product."
  • "I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors."
  • "It is expensive compared to the competition."

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RG
Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Reasonably-priced and easy to manage from a central location

Pros and Cons

  • "All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them."
  • "It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module."

What is our primary use case?

The 5400 series is a modular chassis-based switch and it allows us to buy parts for different needs, such as 10 gigs, or a one gig ethernet over copper for workstations. It's really our core switch and we actually have a couple of different models.

That's in our headquarters, and then we have some other sites that use Aruba. I think they're the 2600 series or 2700 series, the smaller, modular ones, and stackable ones. Not the chassis-based.

How has it helped my organization?

When I first started two years ago, we didn't have these centralized modular switches and we had a bunch of stackable switches and there were many loops in the network.

We had different brands too. HP, Cisco, Linksys, Aruba, we had NETGEAR. There was not a common type of interface. We had network issues almost weekly.

We were able to get it organized and centrally managed, with a spanning tree to detect loops and more.

What is most valuable?

All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them. This gives us a single place to look at land switches, wireless switches, and switches in other offices. It makes management a little easier.

It's the same type CLI commands to manage these.

What needs improvement?

There are many options with the modular switch and you buy cards for it. If you want 48 ports of one gig, you can buy a card for that, but more options would be better.

Right now, there's only eight, an eight-port, 10 gig module and sometimes we need a little denser than eight ports. It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Aruba Switches for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Aruba Switches are very stable. We keep it up to date.

We update the firmware and software annually, as needed. We haven't had any issues. They are relatively new.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Aruba Switches scale well, because of the modularity of it and to be able to buy different modules and interchange modules. We have a pair of them and they are linked together with 40 gig connections, so all of the cards are interchangeable between the two switches and some of that is just by design.

These are the core switches in our organization and everybody in the office uses them. This includes our remote offices. Everybody passes data through them, albeit this is somewhat less at the moment because of the COVID quarantine.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not had to contact technical support.

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

We had a mix of modular switches at this company. We had some HP, Cisco, NETGEAR, and Linksys. We looked at the switches that can provide us the port density that we needed, in one or two chassis-type units, and was also affordable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

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

The price point was a big consideration for us and it is reasonable enough that we're able to standardize on Aruba for the networking pieces in our organization. This also includes Wi-Fi and access points.

Generally speaking, the price is good.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a good, solid tool. It doesn't do anything fancy but it does what we need it to do. We don't do any routing through it. We have other routers to do all of that work. Again, the modular flexibility was a big attraction for us.

I've used Switches forever, so I knew what to expect. There was no installation really needed. We knew how to set up VLAN and set up the interfaces. We're happy with it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Provides plenty of options for automation and programming, a way forward for networking as a whole

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has great open architecture."
  • "It's a little less convenient for more simplified management needs."

What is our primary use case?

We had a need to implement a distributed data center, split over two different sites, which were still more or less in each other's vicinity, less than a kilometer apart. The Aruba CX line products was one of the candidates in review and it was deemed the most logical choice We are customers of Aruba and I'm the team leader of technical support.

What is most valuable?

What I like about the product is its open architecture, the API based line of thought, so to speak. There are plenty of options and possibilities for automation and programming. We see that as a way forward for networking as a whole. These are data center switches and it provides a good use case for programming and the like.

What needs improvement?

The solution is a little less convenient for more simplified management needs. It doesn't use a traditional, classical user interface for small changes. For monitoring, it's fine, but for small changes, less so. It means that our staff who have a less technical background are not able to help out with minor changes - the environment is less suitable for them.

I do think the graphical user interface for small changes could use some more love, so to speak. But let me reiterate that it's only required for staff that is less knowledgeable. For larger rollouts, larger deployment, everything ought to be API and program based. And in that department, the environment is quite sufficient.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for a couple of months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We're very happy with the technical support, they're doing a great job. 

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

We switched to this product because the previous solution had reached its end of support and end of life.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup had some complexity to it. Implementation took about two or three months, but that was right at the top of the COVID-19 breakout here in the Netherlands. So we had quite a bit of a setback due to that. If it wasn't like that, it might've taken less time. Our network partner carried out the deployment - they did a great job. In normal times, we'd have between 500-600 users, but for now there are about 300 using the solution. Maintenance is not an issue. We don't have plans to increase usage for now. Our on-premise deployment has suffered a lot due to the COVID-19 outbreak so we have less customers on premises which means that for now there's no further deployment necessary.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at the Cisco option, but since we already had Aruba wireless and we had virtually no Cisco products in our environments, we went for Aruba. 

What other advice do I have?

If you start using these products, then it's a good idea to check whether the product that you're going to use is in the same management fabric. We use a slightly different hardware architecture for the access switches, the 2930f environment, and that uses a different management layer. So if I was to think about it again, I would try to see if it's possible to get the whole environment within the same management fabric. By doing that you ease up on a lot of the manageability issues.

I would rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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AS
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable, easy to set up, and cost-effective

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a reliable product that you can depend on."
  • "We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to Fortiswitch because it has visibility."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is as the edge and the core switches for our company network.

We are working on an ERP system, domain controller, warehouse management, Salesforce automation, and many other applications.

What is most valuable?

It's a reliable product that you can depend on. 

You can use it for a long time without any issues.

What needs improvement?

Visibility needs improvement. We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to FortiSwitch because it has visibility. 

Currently, we have visibility and compatibility with the firewall. Through the firewall, we can see the entire network.

They are not very active with this solution. There is no followup with the vendors and resellers, they do not contact us to inform us of new technologies as they do with Cisco and Fortinet. Other vendors are more active in the community.

In the next release, I would like to see visibility included, as well as better integration with other platforms. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working wit Aruba Switches for approximately 11 years.

We are working with the 251 and 190 series.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Aruba switches are stable, but we have a few that are hanging.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Aruba Switches are scalable.

We have more than 1,000 users in our company. We have 15 administrators and four people to maintain the network. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is moderate, not excellent. We have been waiting for more than two months for our switches that are hanging to be replaced.

Maintenance and after-sales service are not good.

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

We started with Aruba a long time ago when they were originally 3Com Switches.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, not complex.

Cisco is more complex than Aruba is.

What about the implementation team?

We have many resellers and system integrators in our country, including Cisco and Fortinet.

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

There are no licenses, you just purchase the switch. 

Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are considering migrating from Aruba to possibly Cisco, or to Fortinet FortiSwitch.

We are comparing and conducting studies in order to move forward.

What other advice do I have?

We have experience working in networking products, high-security products like firewalls, switches, and all data center products.

We would happy to use Aruba Switches in the future if there are new technologies that meet our requirements, and our needs regarding visibility. Having visibility in the entire network and to see all of the parts of the network is something that is important to us.

In general, I recommend Aruba Switches.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Extremely reliable with great back-up and support provided

Pros and Cons

  • "They provide great service in terms of replacing malfunctioning switches."
  • "It's an expensive product."

What is our primary use case?

These are ethernet switches that provide power over the net for our PoE requirements, basically layer two and layer three features that we have. I'm the head of technical support and we are customers of Aruba. 

What is most valuable?

One valuable feature about HP is the warranty. All switches are very similar when it comes to most functionalities. Mostly switches provide a one-year warranty, but with HPE switches, if there's a unit that malfunctions, we call them and they replace it the next business day if that line is still available. We had a switch we reported the other day, it was a 25-10, which we procured way back, around 2014, and they replaced it. In general, HP provides a lot of support for its products. We will be doing some tinkering on the VLAN soon, first the layer two, and then connecting the layer three functionalities for some other departments. The advantage of Aruba compared to other switches is their reliability. If the product is trustworthy, I'll continue to use it. 

What needs improvement?

The cost of the solution could be improved. Before it became Aruba, it was a cheaper product. When Aruba was acquired by HPE, the prices went up. Most features I would want are there already. It's basically the upgrade, in terms of speed, and the price aspect that are issues for us. Right now we have the new switches, the Pen G features, which are still very expensive. Maybe in two or three years, these switches will be more affordable. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for seven years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product, the whole department uses them. 

How are customer service and technical support?

HP have had problems with support from time to time but they're quite good. We report when we need and then they replace what's required. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. They have certain manuals which we can follow on how to define the VLANs and other things, including some of the security. As far as the programming is concerned, I think it's very similar to Cisco. We have an IT team for our implementations and we've built the competency inside. We get the product, we get the manuals, we download and we test it and see if we can do it. If we cannot do it then we ask the vendor for support. We define the IP addresses that we can access remotely and the rest can be done from our office. It's more about testing the equipment to see if it works. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Aruba switches. 

I would rate this product a nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Ramesh Benure
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good performance, easy to use, quickly configurable, and affordable

Pros and Cons

  • "These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable."
  • "We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted only one or two interfaces, not the whole hardware."

What is our primary use case?

I am working in a solution-based company. Whenever we get the product, we create a template and deploy it on the customer's site.

We deal with different versions of this product based on a customer's requirements. I have deployed three Aruba 320M Series switches. One of our customers is a marketing company, and they used Aruba switches for LAN purposes. They used the 2930 and 3810 series, and we configured them according to their requirements with LAN, lags, trunking port, etc.

What is most valuable?

These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable. 

What needs improvement?

We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted only one or two interfaces, not the whole hardware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I did not have any issues related to its stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale. Our customers are medium-sized companies.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is good. We once faced an issue related to the programming or configuration of a switch, and we had raised a ticket with them. Their support engineer had a look and resolved the issue.

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

We also use Cisco switches. In terms of configuration, Cisco switches are easier than Aruba switches. The configuration commands of Aruba switches are quite similar to Cisco switches. There is just a little bit of difference in the trunking commands and lab configuration.

In terms of scalability, security, and performance, there is no difference between Cisco and Aruba switches. In terms of features, the VRF feature in Aruba switches is better than the one in Cisco switches. This feature is called stack in Cisco switches.

How was the initial setup?

It is a simple process. It is easy to configure Aruba switches. 

The deployment duration depends on customer requirements and the number of switches. For a small setup, we can do the configuration within one or two days. For a big setup, it will take more time.

What about the implementation team?

We are an integrator. We also do the maintenance.

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

I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution depending on the requirements. It is easy to use and affordable. It is cheaper than other solutions.

I would rate Aruba switches an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
SA
System Engineer at Neogenesis technical solutions
MSP
Top 10
Easy initial setup, very stable and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful."
  • "The dashboard could be improved, especially for the CX Switches. It would help to push scripts and configurations via an easy to use dashboard, one which would give us complete visibility of all of our switches in one place. Right now, we have more than one dashboard for Aruba. It would be nice if it was centralized."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the product for enterprise solutions. We work in industries such as education (colleges and universities), hospitals, and banking. We are focused on banking right now.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful. 

H switches in the core layer are great. The configuration in the other vendors like Cisco for Data Center are different for H. We have Nexus for H, and we have Cisco Catalyst. While those switches are different and work in different ways, Aruba is the same for us, and this is a wonderful thing.

The initial setup is quick and easy.

What needs improvement?

I can't think of any features that need to be added. It works quite well for us as it is.

The dashboard could be improved, especially for the CX Switches. It would help to push scripts and configurations via an easy to use dashboard, one which would give us complete visibility of all of our switches in one place. Right now, we have more than one dashboard for Aruba. It would be nice if it was centralized.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is very stable and very reliable. We don't experience bugs or glitches. It doesn't stop working unexpectedly. It's been great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with scalability at all.

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

I was using Juniper before Aruba. I still use them, occasionally. For the H switches, Aruba is better and more stable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex. It was quite straightforward. We handled the process very easily.

It doesn't take long, either. You can have it up and running very fast. To deploy the test configuration only took about six to ten minutes.

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

For Aruba, there is no licensing to deal with, and that's the best. For features or protocols, no licensing is ever needed.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Aruba.

I'm a systems engineer, not a technical engineer, so I don't look too closely at the technical aspects of the solution.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations.

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Steven Adema
Consultant at Visolity B.V.
Consultant
Top 5
A reliable performer with great performance and scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a very stable product with good performance."
  • "The product could be a little more competitive price-wise."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is data center networking. We work with a hybrid deployment model. Currently, we are working with the 8325 switches. We have sold the solutions to a lot of our customers.  

What is most valuable?

The thing that I have found most valuable about the Aruba product is that it is very stable. It provides great performance and reliability.  

What needs improvement?

Our clients are really very satisfied with the service this product provides. I really see nothing for the moment that needs improvement. There was a new release at the beginning of this year that is currently available, so essentially it is a new product. It has kept up with good development.  

The only improvement I can really see is that maybe they could get more competitive price-wise. Technically we are satisfied with the product.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I am a systems architect and ee have been using Aruba switches at our company for two years.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. We have no trouble with the performance.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. It is a stackable switch and that gives it scalability.  

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to use Aruba's technical support. The product has not given us any issues that require it.  

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. The deployment takes only about half-an-hour. It is very fast.   

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

Price-wise, the product is a little expensive compared to the competition.  

What other advice do I have?

My advice for people considering this solution is that I would recommend it. It is very stable, it is a high-performance switch for the mid-market segment. It is just a very good switch.  

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Aruba Switches as a nine-out-of-ten. If I say that it is a ten it means that there is nothing more that they can improve. Everything can be improved. I think nine is a very good rating.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
SW
Network Security Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
The command line interface is very useful and has good scalability

What is our primary use case?

We use and sell the 800 series switch. We compare the Aruba switches to the comparable Cisco switches as they have a similar feature set. We can sell them primarily because they cost less than Cisco. We use the Virtual Switching Extension feature that Aruba has for better performance and high availability. Aruba switches can be used in small and large businesses.

What is most valuable?

We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices. We have also found that the Aruba switches are very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Aruba Switches for the last six to seven…

What is our primary use case?

We use and sell the 800 series switch. We compare the Aruba switches to the comparable Cisco switches as they have a similar feature set. We can sell them primarily because they cost less than Cisco. We use the Virtual Switching Extension feature that Aruba has for better performance and high availability. Aruba switches can be used in small and large businesses.

What is most valuable?

We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices. We have also found that the Aruba switches are very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Aruba Switches for the last six to seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Aruba switches are a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Aruba switches are very scalable. It can be integrated with other solutions. They can be used with either ClearPass or Cisco ICE.

How are customer service and technical support?

Aruba technical support is very useful. you can contact them with a global number. They answer very quickly, in a few minutes we have the engineer on the call. So the technical support seems better than Cisco from a support perspective.

How was the initial setup?

This initial setup of Aruba switches is very simple. The length of the deployment depends on how many switches are, and what type of switches you're doing, access switches versus the distribution switches. With a larger deployment, we need to take the time to take appropriate order, depending upon the client, location, and all that.

What about the implementation team?

We deploy the Aruba switches for our clients.

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

Aruba switches are cheaper than Cisco for a similar feature set. The licensing costs are also cheaper than Cisco.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also used Cisco switches and they provide a similar feature set.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Aruba switches at a nine out of a scale of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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