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Executive Summary
Updated on August 30, 2022

We performed a comparison between Aruba Switches and Meraki MS Switches based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Aruba Switches users find the solution easy and straightforward to deploy. Meraki MS Switches users indicate that for the Cisco Meraki experienced user, setup is simple. However, for the novice, it can be a complex procedure.
  • Features: Aruba users feel the switches offer very high availability and support stacking. The switches are easy to configure and provide reliable, trusted performance. Users would like to see improved security, stability, and user friendliness.

    Meraki MS users like the Layer 7 application visibility and the comprehensive, fully transparent dashboard. The flexible firewall makes it easy to lock down everything quickly and keep the network secure. Users would like to see the throughput paths on the core switches improved, and recommend enhanced security protocols, such as a zero-trust element.
  • Pricing: Aruba users feel the pricing is reasonable. Meraki MS Switches users feel it can be a bit expensive.
  • Service and Support: Aruba users are pleased with the support they receive. Meraki MS users say that the support is part of a pay structure. If a user has paid for top-tier support, they will get it.

Comparison Results: Many PeerSpot users feel Aruba Switches is the better choice. Aruba switches are stable, easy to manage, and support stacking. The Aruba Switches audit feature gives full transparency of the network and the layer three switches are reliable and easily scalable.

To learn more, read our detailed Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""Juniper Ethernet Switches' best features are the high packer sorting and throughput, good uplink port capacity, and virtual setup.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""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 Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""The most valuable feature is switching on our network."

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"Scalable and reliable solution for your network connectivity needs, with a straightforward setup.""Aruba Switches are definitely stable.""The initial setup is quite easy.""The most valuable features are the access point, fire control for clients, majority control, platform control in SSIGF, WiFi networking, and area monitoring.""The Aruba care support and the lifetime warranty are very valuable aspects.""It's stable.""The initial installation of Aruba Switches is easy.""They provide great service in terms of replacing malfunctioning switches."

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"Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments.""The most valuable features are the cloud and throughput visibility, the ease of configuration, and being able to implement them into our umbrella DNS solution.""I like that I can patch and manage them remotely from the user portal.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.""The cloud part of Meraki Switches is very good. They also have a good GUI. It's a complete solution. I like the switching and the monitoring part.""The most valuable features are ease of use and configuration. It has a cloud-based configuration that makes it easy.""Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.""We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community. With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected."

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Cons
"The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""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 management platforms for the network need improvement.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.""The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.""All Juniper documentation is terrible.""Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved."

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"I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points.""The log viewer should be improved.""It takes a long time to import Aruba switches to Ecuador.""I would like to see a lower price on the device.""Aruba's website should be localized to support the Indonesian language. The content of their website and the help desk should be in the Indonesian language.""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.""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."

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"I don't think that the cost is a problem, but sometimes the price requires convincing the customer of the value.""We have dealt with a few minor bugs.""The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors.""In my opinion, there's room for improvement cost-wise. With Meraki's licensing terms, you're required to pay an annual licensing fee, which can be for a one-year license or perhaps a five-year license. But if you analyze the costs involved, there are huge expenses incurred as far as the licensing is concerned.""Mandatory maintenance is an area that needs improvement.""I've had some hardware failure issues on the POE side on several switches across the years. There seems to be a problem with the POE ports of their unit system.""The cameras should be better integrated.""There should be a focus on the emerging markets to offer better pricing. In India, they are offering it at better pricing for the emerging markets."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "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."
  • "The pricing is perfect."
  • "I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors."
  • "Pricing for this product is reasonable."
  • "Cost-wise, you get some good savings as compared to Cisco."
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  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
  • "They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this."
  • "When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper."
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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:It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.
    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:Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
    Top Answer:I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the… more »
    Top Answer:Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or… 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
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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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 Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Comms Service Provider36%
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    Government11%
    Non Tech Company7%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Construction Company14%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
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    Small Business34%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 29 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 45 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6. 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 Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". Aruba Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches and NETGEAR Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and MikroTik Routers and Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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