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Aruba Switches vs. Brocade Ethernet Switches
May 2022
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Pros
"Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""It's easy to use.""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.""The security is good.""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.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration."

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"Management-wise, this is a good solution.""It is a very good device for our company. It is stable and very scalable.""Scalable and reliable solution for your network connectivity needs, with a straightforward setup.""They provide great service in terms of replacing malfunctioning switches.""The most valuable feature is the security that these switches provide.""These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable.""We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices.""It's a reliable product that you can depend on."

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"I have not had any issues with our Brocade switches.""It has good integration with HPE Primera. They have smart zoning in which the administration is very easy. You don't have to do anything. Zoning and other things are done automatically if you just enable the smart zoning. That's one very good thing in HP.""The switches last for a very long time."

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Cons
"We need to start seeing some kind of AI to assist with some of what we really want to accomplish from a policy standpoint to achieve better efficiency.""Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved.""Has a steep learning curve.""Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.""Juniper's support could be much better and faster.""The management tools are limited in their abilities, and suffer from upgrade problems.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices."

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"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 would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced.""I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure.""The customer service could be a bit quicker and the employees could be more professional.""The product could be a little more competitive price-wise.""They have limited CLI options in the UI and this is something that 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.""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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"These switches are no longer supported.""The solution could be more secure.""It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches."

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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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  • "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
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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
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    It is less expensive than, for example, Cisco. We pay a yearly licensing fee.
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    It's an excellent product. They're high-quality switches, and nothing has failed in the time that we've had them.
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    Aruba's switches are priced significantly better than Cisco's. They're well placed in the market.
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    Aruba's management suite has some room for improvement.
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    The solution could be more secure. However, we use quite old versions.
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    I'm primarily using the solution as black and gray switches. I'm not using them as a configured switch. We are using it… more »
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    Also Known As
    Juniper EX 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.

    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.”

    From the world's first Ethernet fabric technology, to an open controller that eliminates vendor lock-in, to a switch stack that you can distribute throughout your campus, Brocade Ethernet Switches give you choices. Whether that means functionality, vendors, or even locations beyond the wiring closet, every option is secure, economical, and easily manageable.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Purdue University
    Ajubeo, Akquinet AG, Big Data Analytics Provider Boligkontoret Danmark Bristol is Open, CDE Lightband, Cicero School District 99, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Emergency, City of Chattanooga, Cloudscale.sh
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Government14%
    University9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    REVIEWERS
    Educational Organization19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise31%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise30%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Switches vs. Brocade Ethernet Switches
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Brocade Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews while Brocade Ethernet Switches is ranked 18th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.6, while Brocade Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Aruba Switches writes "Reasonably-priced and easy to manage from a central location". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Brocade Ethernet Switches writes "Easy to set up with good performance and excellent longevity". Aruba Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Meraki MS Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, whereas Brocade Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Mellanox Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and MikroTik Routers and Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Brocade Ethernet Switches report.

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