Aruba Switches vs Meraki MS Switches comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive SummaryUpdated on Aug 30, 2022
 

Categories and Ranking

Aruba Switches
Ranking in Ethernet Switches
2nd
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
74
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Meraki MS Switches
Ranking in Ethernet Switches
5th
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
89
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

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 Meraki MS Switches is 6.2%, up from 4.1% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

BenjaminRafrafi - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 18, 2023
User-friendly, highly scalable, and priced well
The main issue we had with the Aruba Switches was that they would heat up easily when placed outside. We have two locations with no cover in the corridor and it's a historical building. We experienced outages on the first batch of Aruba Switches we received, which we never had with the Dell Switches, for example, even though Dell Switches are not as well-known. However, the Dell Switches had been outside for a few years and we never had any issues with them. In contrast, we encountered an issue with the Aruba Switch after only one week of being outside when it shut down in security mode. The Aruba Switches would heat up too much and shut down. The CPU temperature would reach a certain point and then it would just shut down. As far as I know, the temperature threshold on the Aruba Switches was lower than on other brands. It could also be related to the specific series we ordered, as I am not sure if they have higher-grade switches that can handle higher temperatures. We are in Singapore, so if the switches are placed in a corridor without air conditioning, the temperature inside can get very warm, even hotter than outside. The temperature can rise quickly in these conditions.
Joseph Sidhom - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 4, 2022
Problem-free installation, but there is poor support for outdoor switches
We are a technology consultant and we work with a variety of products, including Meraki MS Switches. We have installed these switches in certain hotels in Egypt. One of the hotels we work with has standardized on Meraki Meraki's support for outdoor switches is something that we're facing problems…

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"We like the framework of fabric virtual switching."
"The solution is easy to use and quick to deploy."
"We didn't experience any stability or scalability issues until now with Aruba Switches"
"It's an excellent product. They're high-quality switches, and nothing has failed in the time that we've had them."
"This is a very stable product with good performance."
"I like the Aruba Central platform. It makes a lot of sense. The switches have a lot of great capabilities. Central can lockdown VLANs and control the apps and protocols. There are several built-in security features that I'm not utilizing. However, those capabilities are part of the reason I'm using enterprise switches in a small office. I like knowing that I can do these things when necessary."
"There is a limited lifetime warranty with the switches, so if we have any problems, the switch is replaced very quickly."
"Aruba Switches are definitely stable."
"Meraki MS Switches is easy to use and implement."
"I like the portal, it's really interesting."
"The most beneficial features of Meraki MS Switches are the visibility and convenience they provide."
"Setting up a Meraki switch is fairly simple. It can be done by one manager and a senior engineer developer."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the interface because it is very simple and easy to learn, even for somebody who hasn't seen it before."
"The technical support is very good. They offer some of the best support on the market."
"The product is reasonably priced."
"It is easy to configure and claim the switches by their serial number directly from the portal."
 

Cons

"We've had issues with availability."
"It's a little less convenient for more simplified management needs."
"The interface could be more user-friendly and the dashboard could be improved."
"If you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best."
"The migration from older to newer products could be improved."
"Technical support response time could be better."
"The tool must provide a controller-based architecture."
"Aruba does not have local support in our region of Kerala."
"The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors."
"In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable."
"I would like to see improvements to the dark mode in the next release, as I prefer the dark mode."
"The product has no CLI."
"This is quite an expensive solution."
"Meraki MS Switches could improve if it was an SDN. It will be more flexible and WWE can use one link for specific traffic and another one for other traffic."
"I don't like some of the mobile device management options. They're a little bit hard to find in the system."
"The switch capacity needs to be improved."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Cisco has a higher cost than Aruba Switches."
"The cost depends on the requirement. An extensive network will expand the budget. The price will be lower if there is a small requirement of one to ten switches. In comparison, Aruba is less costly than Cisco by about 10-20%."
"The pricing was still affordable compared to Cisco, which is usually less affordable for most companies. We are using the solution in a school, we need the price to be affordable."
"There is not a switch that I would give more than six out of ten for pricing because, over the last year, the prices have been increasing very high."
"I am paying for the hardware and Aruba Central licenses, but I would like a version of Aruba Central to come out with a light version with a few features turned off. Ubiquiti and other vendors have free tools. I believe they're looking at that, but it's not out yet. I hope they will release that to make it competitive because I'm using an enterprise-class switch for small businesses. We're looking for some of those capabilities, but not all of them."
"Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product."
"The product is a bit expensive."
"It is a little bit expensive. It can be cheaper."
"The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
"The Layer 3 switch is the most expensive switch."
"We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD."
"Extreme switches are more cost-effective than Cisco Meraki Switches."
"This product is more than the competition, but you get what you pay for."
"One key challenge often encountered is the perception that strategic products like Cisco and Meraki tend to be more expensive than alternatives like Aruba."
"Meraki is not an expensive switch, like Cisco."
"The price of Meraki MS Switches is high."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
14%
Government
8%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Educational Organization
7%
Computer Software Company
19%
Retailer
8%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Educational Organization
7%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

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...
What do you like most about Meraki MS Switches?
The most valuable features of Meraki MS Switches are their reliability and simplicity.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Meraki MS Switches?
The pricing is very expensive. I would rate it a ten out of ten, with ten being expensive. The total cost for the switches, including future usage, is around 35 lakhs.
What needs improvement with Meraki MS Switches?
Tracking native ports with IP addresses is not currently possible in Meraki. I can track by hostname, but not IP address. I have requested this feature from Cisco, and they are working on it. So, t...
 

Also Known As

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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Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
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