Aruba Switches vs Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Sep 5, 2022

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Aruba Switches
Ranking in Ethernet Switches
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Ethernet Switches category, the mindshare of Aruba Switches is 14.0%, up from 13.1% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is 5.5%, down from 6.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Jul 27, 2020
Reliable, easy to set up, and cost-effective
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.
Hamza Shami - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 17, 2023
A reliable solution for internal networking with protection
We use the solution for internal networking in an office environment FortiSwitch scans for viruses on the network easily. I was using another firewall, but after Fortinet, I don't use any other. Fortinet infuses the updates regularly. If you get updated, then you are secured. The updates did not…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"We have found that the command line interface is very useful and very similar to Cisco devices."
"The Aruba care support and the lifetime warranty are very valuable aspects."
"The most valuable feature is the Aruba Smart Rate Port."
"The most valuable features of Aruba Switches are the use of use and user-friendliness."
"The advantage I found is that they can be used as both on-premises devices and cloud-managed devices, with the option for an additional license to become cloud devices. This flexibility is very valuable to us."
"Aruba has a good switching solution. It has some basic security features and full switching features for the company. It’s not used as a security device, but it has some basic features like configuring ACL. However, it cannot be used as a complete security solution. The primary thing our clients look for in Aruba, or HPE now since HP acquired Aruba, is cost-effectiveness. Aruba is a good choice if the customer has budget limitations. We recommend Aruba switches because they are less expensive than Cisco but provide the same features."
"The most valuable feature of Aruba Switches is security."
"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."
"With FortiSwitch, you can easily identify who is connected to each port, disable ports as needed, and retrieve configurations from FortiGate when required."
"The tool's VLAN feature is easy to understand. It was very good."
"What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate."
"The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information."
"This device is easy to use."
"The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network."
"Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access has essential features for managing switches."
"Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console"


"I have some security issues with Aruba Switches. I need to update the firmware and then the problems might go away."
"The written documentation, all the available documentation, is often a little bit hard to find. The solution lacks documentation, especially on recent features. We have access directly to Aruba, Germany, so they are always helpful, but if you start, for instance, with something a little bit more complex like zero-touch provisioning, that would require a more comprehensive written piece."
"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."
"Technical support response time could be better."
"Aruba Switches' price could improve, if they were less expensive it would be beneficial."
"Aruba does not have local support in our region of Kerala."
"I'm not sure if they have the core switch series as well."
"It is always nice when something is cheaper."
"The product's pricing needs improvement for small and medium businesses."
"Technical support needs to take a different approach and pricing should appear more competitive."
"The product could use more security related features."
"When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface."
"It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."
"We've had some issues with Layer 3 FortiSwitch. We can deploy the device in the cloud. However, we can't deploy this solution in complex environments easily."
"The scalability and technical support can be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Aruba Switches has a lifetime warranty on the solution and after five years the solution will be at its end of life."
"Typically it is a $500 to $600 difference in price."
"Aruba Switches are less expensive than Cisco."
"There is a license to use the solution."
"We pay for the clear pass and the controller."
"Cost-wise, you get some good savings as compared to Cisco."
"Our customers may want better pricing but we are a reseller and a partner, and the pricing that we get is good."
"It is expensive compared to the competition."
"We have an annual licensing cost. There are no additional costs."
"Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
"You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
"The solution is expensive but overall the cost makes sense."
"The pricing is quite high."
"We signed up for a three-year license for support and replacement."
"The tool's pricing is fine."
"We have to pay for the solution's subscription."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Aruba Switches?
Aruba lives up to the expectations of the tech giant hewlett packard enterprise providing excellent networking capabilities at a very affordable price compared to the equivalent from another tech g...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Aruba Switches?
Aruba Switches are very expensive. The product has many features printed on it, but the problem my company faces with the product is related to the fact that there is a need to reconfigure the solu...
What needs improvement with Aruba Switches?
There were some issues in Aruba Switches, specifically Aruba PoE Switches since working with it in our company damaged our network. The timer and the internal battery in Aruba Switches don't work s...
Which would you choose - Fortinet Fortiswitch secure access or Cisco Ethernet Switches?
We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance...
What do you like most about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access?
With FortiSwitch, you can easily identify who is connected to each port, disable ports as needed, and retrieve configurations from FortiGate when required.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access?
The solution has reasonable pricing. The firewall costs around 500$ annually.

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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Sample Customers

Purdue University
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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