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Cisco Catalyst Switches vs HPE ProCurve comparison

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Comparison Buyer's Guide
Executive Summary
Updated on September 1, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Most users of both solutions find they require a moderate to advanced level of technical expertise to install and deploy.
  • Features: Cisco Catalyst Switches users like the spanning tree and redundancy features. The solution offers great PoE capabilities, load balancing, and DHCP functionalities. Many users feel that security and wireless functions could be improved, in addition to better compatibility with software-defined technologies.

    HPE ProCurve users can easily manage the solution via an intuitive menu system that offers both CLI and a user-friendly GUI. Users have several simple options to quickly manipulate, update, or change switches, which is a real time saver. Many users feel that the speed and security could be improved.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions feel they are expensive but worth the cost.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are very happy with the level of service and support they have received.

Comparison Results: Cisco Catalyst Switches wins out in this comparison. The solution offers great durability, reliability, and scalability. Cisco Catalyst Switches are feature rich due to Cisco’s brand exposure in the marketplace and can be easier to manage and maintain due to the amount of certified professional users available in the marketplace today. Cisco is a technology that many organizations know to be extremely stable and robust and the Catalyst Switches are another great value-added product that organizations know they can trust.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. HPE ProCurve report (Updated: September 2022).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The solution highly scalable.""It is a pretty good product. I don't see a problem with this product. Cisco Catalyst Switches fit the best for the type of systems that we deploy. Our customers usually are happy with Cisco equipment. Many partners and third parties have ordered this solution.""The Cisco Catalyst is very stable and it can last for many years.""I like the management of streaming both audio and video.""As far as technology is concerned, Cisco improves the client-to-client business.""Technical support is very responsive and helpful.""The solution is already at the cutting edge in terms of innovation.""I recently discovered the DHCP feature. There is a feature with which you can make the core act as a DHCP server, and it will distribute the IPs for every device. I discovered this feature recently, and it is very nice."

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"HPE ProCurve's most valuable feature is that it is user-friendly.""The network management solutions that they have is great.""It is stable, and it fulfills our needs. We have all the functions we need, so we're totally satisfied.""We have found the solution to be entirely stable.""We don't mind the cost in general.""HPE ProCurve has plenty of features.""It has an excellent menu system where you can use both the CLI and a menu system and the GUI version. They have three options for manipulating, updating, and changing the switch, which we like.""One of the biggest things in HPE ProCurve that I like, though not necessarily a feature, is the HPE warranty because it's probably better than any of the other vendors that we deal with, as it has a lifetime replacement. Feature-wise, the web interface of HPE ProCurve is typically pretty good and I like that as well."

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"It can have more security features to secure the access layer.""I would like to see support for one-touch provisioning.""The solution offers a bit of complexity and you need a specialized workforce.""An area for improvement would be the documentation and training on configuring this product.""Their centralized management could be better. There should be some kind of software for centralized management so that I don't need somebody else to manage it.""I would like for Cisco to come up with an affordable dynamic VLAN solution.""In terms of what could be improved, more integration is the main thing they should be focused on.""Cisco is weird about their pricing models, so that's one problem. Their operating system is also a little outdated."

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"Since we transfer from one gigabit to ten gigabits of information, in a future release, it would benefit to have more high-speed ports.""HPE ProCurve could improve by making their command more similar to other solutions, such as the access codes. There should be a standard. Additionally, if the configurations could be done from the cloud would be a benefit and the port uplink speed should improve.""HPE ProCurve is very complex for junior engineers and beginners. You need a lot of experience in managing switches in order to use this switch.""It might be best if it offers better scalability.""There should be faster interfaces on the switch, such as 25 gigabits.""An area for improvement in HPE ProCurve is the web interface not being as robust because you still have to go to the COI to make modifications or look at the exact configuration.""The interface we have could be better.""I don't have any recommendations for areas of improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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  • "The price could be more competitive."
  • "We are a public company, so we are obliged to take the best offer from the vendors. They gave us the best price for the needs we had. It was considerably less than Cisco. It had maybe 40% lower cost."
  • "There is a license required to use HPE ProCurve."
  • "HPE ProCurve price could improve. We have a three-year warranty."
  • "The licensing for HPE ProCurve is a one-time cost, though it's varied somewhat. What my company purchased was usually between $3,500 and $5,000 one-time cost."
  • "We have an annual support subscription."
  • "The price of HPE ProCurve is very good."
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Sample Customers
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, DY 4 Systems, EdgeWing, Edmonton Public Schools District, Halton Catholic District School Board, Hartwick College, Hatch Associates, Huntingdon College, Roseville Joint Union High School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, One Superior Place
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Healthcare Company21%
    Mining And Metals Company7%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise23%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. HPE ProCurve
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. HPE ProCurve and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while HPE ProCurve is ranked 4th in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while HPE ProCurve is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE ProCurve writes "Good CLI and GUI interface capabilities, but the initial setup is complex". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus, NETGEAR Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches, whereas HPE ProCurve is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Aruba Instant On Switches, Cisco Nexus and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. HPE ProCurve report.

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