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Pros
"The technical support is fantastic!""The solution's most valuable aspect is its monitoring capabilities.""The solution has great open architecture.""This is a very stable product with good performance.""The most valuable feature is the security that these switches provide.""All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them.""The most valuable features are the stability and compatibility with other products.""We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices."

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"The solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy.""Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration.""It integrates well.""The most valuable feature is the port analytics.""An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""We are able to monitor everything that is happening on our network.""The interface is very straightforward."

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Cons
"We would like to see centralized, cloud-based management.""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.""If you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best.""The element of security always can be improved. If the solution continues to improve its security functionality, it will continue to be a great product.""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.""It would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced.""I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points."

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"The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now.""Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines.""When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably.""The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large.""FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move or touch the diagram.""With IT products, there is always room for improvement.""We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users.""The FortiSwitch product was initially quite complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco."
  • "This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."
  • "It is reasonably priced."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The Aruba care support and the lifetime warranty are very valuable aspects.
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    The log viewer should be improved. All required features already exist.
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    We have more than 105 switches with different models including 2930, 5412, and 8300 with 3-tier topology.
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    An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies.
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    The cost of FortiNet is affordable and good for price-sensitive accounts.
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    The integration of wireless products could be improved.
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    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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    Overview

    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.

    With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

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    Sample Customers
    Purdue University
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company15%
    Educational Organization15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government5%
    Wholesaler/Distributor4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
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    Aruba Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 18 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 15th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.8. 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 Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good visibility, a seamless connection with FortiGate and very easy to configure". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and D-Link Ethernet Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center report.

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