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Arista Networks Platform vs. Aruba Switches
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Aruba Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"There is no end to the ability to scale Juniper.""It's easy to use.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable.""This solution is impeccable.""The solution is certainly scalable.""Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""The most valuable feature is that Juniper is multiple kernels, so there's isolation, which means you won't get a process that runs away, creating problems across the whole platform.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance."

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"It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""Arista Networks Platform is comfortable, easy to deploy, and easy to manage, with non-blocking technology. Additionally, it has a useful CloudVision platform and automation capabilities.""The solution is very stable.""The configuration capabilities were good.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""Arista Networks Platform offers straightforward deployment, and has good features. Support for the platform is also good.""It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there."

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"The initial installation of Aruba Switches is easy.""There is a feature where you can use Bluetooth. You can set up a Bluetooth pairing connection and do the configuration through your phone.""The solution's most valuable aspect is its monitoring capabilities.""Aruba Switches are always innovating to bring new solutions to the market.""The solution is scalable.""The technical support is fantastic!""We have not had any issues with the product and its functions. It has been stable.""I like the number of available throughputs and its ability to have different speeds of ethernet cards or fiber-optic SFPs. It's a core switch, and you can configure it as per your requirements. All the configuration details are well documented on the HP website or Aruba website, and one can easily refer to those and find all the relevant commands from the documentation itself. It's also easy to maintain this solution. It's also cheaper than competing products."

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Cons
"Some areas of technical support could be better.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""Has a steep learning curve.""The updates are constantly breaking.""The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.""I would like the ability to operate with other operating systems.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved."

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"The solution needs to improve their product range.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""Its price can be better.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""The solution is a bit pricey.""The overall price of the Arista Networks Platform is expensive. It should be reduced.""An area for improvement in Arista Networks Platform is its integration, e.g. it needs to have more integration with its new products. Incorporating more security and cloud is also another area for improvement in the platform."

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"It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module.""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.""It's an expensive product.""The product could be a little more competitive price-wise.""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.""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.""The need to come up with a bit more flexibility in their range of models.""The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Juniper costs less than the competition. As a comparison, Cisco is 33% more."
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
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  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "The price of the Arista Networks Platform could be less expensive for the hardware and license."
  • "There is an annual license required to use the Arista Networks Platform."
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  • "The price of these switches is high."
  • "Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product."
  • "The price for Aruba is quite a bit cheaper than it is for similar products by Cisco."
  • "It is expensive compared to the competition."
  • "There are no licensing costs for the Aruba Switches."
  • "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 is an expensive product, costing about double what most competitors do."
  • "The product is a bit expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.
    Top Answer:Juniper Ethernet Switches are a less expensive solution than Cisco Ethernet Switches. There is only a one-time purchase… more »
    Top Answer:It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very… more »
    Top Answer:It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
    Top Answer:These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable.
    Top Answer:I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable… more »
    Top Answer:We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted… more »
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    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    7000 Series
    8400 Series, 8320 Series, 5400R Series, 3810 Series, 2930M Series, 2930F Series, 2920 Series, 2540 Series, 2530 Series
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    Overview

    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.

    Aruba Switches is a network creation solution that enables users to easily manage every aspect of their networks.

    Benefits of Aruba Switches

    Some of the benefits of using Aruba switches include:

    • Easily access and manage every aspect of your networks. Aruba Switches give users a way to control their networks from a centralized location. The simplified control center can be accessed through both the cloud and on-premises devices. Intuitively view and manage every portion of your networks. You will be able to both analyze and control every device and client in the network while at the same time conserving resources for the areas of greatest concern.
    • Troubleshoot and upgrade your networks quickly and efficiently. Aruba Switches give users network visibility in real-time. It combines this with powerful analytics software that allow for the prediction, prevention, and resolution of issues. This allows administrators to act before their systems suffer serious harm. Additionally, Aruba Switches allow systems to maintain a high level of performance even during upgrading.
    • Automatically enact uniform system-wide changes. Aruba Switches gives users the ability to set their systems to automatically reconfigure when changes are necessary. Users are empowered to ensure that their systems run smoothly without worrying that there are parts of their network that are out of sync, reserving manpower and time for more pressing needs.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Aruba Switches are cutting-edge network creation tools that stand out among their competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the warranty that guarantees them and the intuitive way in which they are designed. Aruba Switches are protected by lifetime warranties. If a switch malfunctions or is rendered inoperable, it can be quickly replaced. If the line of switches are still available, HPE will send the user the necessary replacement. Aruba Switches are built to be intuitive for users to customize and manipulate. This allows users to make full use of the solution without requiring them to devote a significant level of resources to training.

    The head of technical support at a real estate law firm writes, “One valuable feature about HP is the warranty. All switches are very similar when it comes to most functionalities. Most 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.”

    A network systems engineer at a financial services firm writes, “Their technical support is great. I have used Cisco products, and as compared to Cisco, Aruba's command-line syntax is not as complex. The command-line interface of Aruba switches is quite intuitive. It also has a graphical user interface. With Cisco, using the graphical user interface for configuration can be complex, whereas Aruba simplifies it, and you can easily use the graphical user interface. The configuration is secured. Their graphical user interface is quite robust.”

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    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government11%
    University7%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
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    Healthcare Company14%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business28%
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    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Aruba Switches
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Aruba Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 10 reviews while Aruba Switches is ranked 2nd in Ethernet Switches with 29 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Aruba Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Aruba Switches writes "As a managed service provider, it's important to have a solution that can manage everything from one console". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Switches and Meraki MS Switches, whereas Aruba Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Meraki MS Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Dell PowerSwitch Campus and Branch Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Aruba Switches report.

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