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Aruba Switches vs. Mellanox Switches
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Mellanox Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"It's easy to use.""The security is good.""There is no end to the ability to scale Juniper.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""The solution is stable and scalable.""The solution has a high level of network functionality.""This solution is impeccable."

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"Scalable and reliable solution for your network connectivity needs, with a straightforward setup.""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.""They provide great service in terms of replacing malfunctioning switches.""It is a very good device for our company. It is stable and very scalable.""We didn't experience any stability or scalability issues until now with Aruba Switches""The initial installation of Aruba Switches is easy.""The most valuable features are the stability and compatibility with other products.""These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable."

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"It is a very easy-to-use product.""The most valuable features of Mellanox Switches are the size, power consumption, and the vast amount of features.""From what I've been told, a valuable feature of Mellanox switches is they're quite user-friendly."

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Cons
"The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.""Its distribution channel and the ease of availability should be improved.""Some areas of technical support could be better.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""The initial setup for Juniper switches is complex. Juniper has a new program that solves that problem a little bit, but it is expensive, so I don't use it. It is Juniper Mesh, Juniper Wire, or something like that where you plug in a switch, and it goes out to their cloud, finds a config, and brings it down. So, you can do everything cloud-based, but there is a fee for that. It is expensive, so I've never used it. If we were starting, we would try to do something like that. It is more for a large enterprise for managing hundreds of switches versus what we're doing. They should make its price more cost-effective or include it for new or smaller companies.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve."

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"The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control.""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.""I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points.""The migration from older to newer products could be improved.""We have needed to upgrade software to fix some challenges we experienced. After downloading the latest version of Aruba, these were fixed.""I have some security issues with Aruba Switches. I need to update the firmware and then the problems might go away.""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.""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."

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"Mellanox Switches could improve by adding some features that can make it easier for integrating the switches in some managing and monitoring platforms, such as Elastic or similar software for monitoring data with the data center in a more holistic way.""The scalability is working fine at the moment, but there's always room for improvement. As of right now, I don't know of any improvements to suggest.""The configuration is a bit different from Cisco, and therefore, for me at least, there's a bit of a learning curve."

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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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  • "The pricing is very competitive. The licensing costs are fine."
  • "The price of Mellanox Switches is reasonable compared to other solutions. The price and quality ratio was very good. There is a one-time license purchase that is needed."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Mellanox Switches are the size, power consumption, and the vast amount of features.
    Top Answer:The price of Mellanox Switches is reasonable compared to other solutions. The price and quality ratio was very good… more »
    Top Answer:Mellanox Switches could improve by adding some features that can make it easier for integrating the switches in some… 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
    Mellanox SN2700
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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.”

    The Mellanox Open Ethernet switch family delivers the highest performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution enabling converged data centers to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity. This family includes a broad portfolio of Top-of-Rack (TOR) switches that range from 12 to 128 ports, with Ethernet data rates of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE per port. These switches allow the building of cost-effective and scalable switch fabrics, from a few nodes to tens-of-thousands of nodes.

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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    CNPC, Korea Consumer Agency, Nutanix, Roxo Systems, StorPool, Atlantic.Net, INFN, StarWind, NYSE Technologies, Creative Consultants, ENKI
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government11%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Educational Organization17%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Switches vs. Mellanox Switches
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Mellanox Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Switches is ranked 2nd in Ethernet Switches with 29 reviews while Mellanox Switches is ranked 19th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.6, while Mellanox Switches is rated 7.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mellanox Switches writes "Beneficial power consumption, plenty of features, and low maintenance". Aruba Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Meraki MS Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas Mellanox Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform, HPE Ethernet Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and NETGEAR Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Mellanox Switches report.

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