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Aruba Switches Room for Improvement

Michael-Sugg - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Sovereign Managed Services

There are some growing pains with Aruba Central. When you first launch the wireless access points or switches, a lot of updates are needed to get Aruba Central ready, especially on the access points, so the initial deployment time could improve. 

I would hope that I could just turn it on and leave the updates until later on. The switches themselves probably did okay. I'm primarily referring to the wireless access points. There was a lot of back and forth before everything was in sync. It took hours. 

I can't think of any missing features, but it would be nice if there were a free version of Aruba Central for my small business clients that doesn't have as many features. 

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RG
Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees

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.

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MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

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.

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SunilNair - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Information Technology at Al Falah University

I don't think there is much to improve. I have seen that Aruba releases the patches on time, and it keeps upgrading the firmware. I have configured this device on an active basis. I don't think I have any bad reviews about the device's overall performance.

In the next release, I would like Aruba to incorporate wireless controllers and build them into the chassis.If we can integrate a wireless module, we can have a segment dedicated to wireless infrastructure.

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MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees

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. 

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Ramesh Benure - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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.

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BL
Manager ITS at RTA

Aruba's management suite has some room for improvement.

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Steven Adema - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Visolity B.V.

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.  

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DK
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees

What I'd like to see in Aruba Switches in the next release would be more security features. 

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SS
Network Architect & Pre-Sales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

With Aruba, some of the models that are available, you need simple features, but you have to go to very high models, very expensive models.

They need to come up with a bit more flexibility in their range of models.

I would like to see more flexibility with regard to the models that are available.

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AP
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

They have limited CLI options in the UI and this is something that needs improvement.

Aruba should create a line of switches that are suitable for the industrial market.

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Hossam Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Team Lead at ElSewedy Education

The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control.

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JB
Network Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

There is an issue with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), but it is escaping me. We aren't using this feature yet, but it is something we are considering.

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DS
Presales Consultant at Selectium

Aruba Switches cover lots of areas and support automated and IOPS and with the central products, but I think when we look at the solutions overall, IOPS devices are not covered so much in Aruba Central. We are in Croatia and it is a small country, I don't know how its situation is in Europe, America, or Asia.

In a future release, I would like to see old switches have coverage in Aruba Cloud Central.

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MK
Senior Technical Officer at Sri Lanka Telecom Services

I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points. They are very high for a country like Sri Lanka. It's a good product, but the price is too high.

Here, most customers are interested in cheaper, local solutions like Planet Switches. I think Auba is better than the local solutions, but they need to cut the cost down in order for people to switch over to them.

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JM
System Admins at The Office Gurus

I have some security issues with Aruba Switches. I need to update the firmware and then the problems might go away.

The integration for Aruba Switches could improve. The solution works well with some solutions, such as Cisco, Ruckus, or Brocade switches. However, nonstandard switches could have better integration in order to comply with the standards of natural communication Aruba Switches need to integrate with the other brands.

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PK
Chief Information Officer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

It would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced.

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Mohamad Hasan - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Staff at pmbs

Aruba's website should be localized to support the Indonesian language. The content of their website and the help desk should be in the Indonesian language.

Its price can be improved. It is a little bit expensive.

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Anil Ergunsah - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Partner & Technical Consultant&Trainer(CCIE#29761, CCSI#31865) at IT Expert

Aruba Switches' price could improve, if they were less expensive it would be beneficial.

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Marcio Dalvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at ISH Tecnologia

I would like to see them integrate a monitoring solution. In addition, continue to develop features for easy configuration.

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RioAdi Nugroho - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Network & Security at PT Network Data Sistem

The software materials could be improved. 

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Chandana Weerasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Director / General Manager - Infrastructure Software and Networking at DMS Electronics (Pvt) Ltd

The migration from older to newer products could be improved.

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IM
Network Delivery Lead at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We have needed to upgrade software to fix some challenges we experienced. After downloading the latest version of Aruba, these were fixed. 

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Sara Coronel - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consulting and Design Engineer at Claro Ecuador

It takes a long time to import Aruba switches to Ecuador. 

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Hossam Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Team Lead at ElSewedy Education

The log viewer should be improved. All required features already exist.

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Adeline Mah - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager, Infrastructure And Helpdesk at American Water Works Association

I'm not sure if they have the core switch series as well.

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