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We performed a comparison between Cisco FabricPath and HPE ProCurve based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two LAN Switching solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"The most valuable features are the lead time and the high quality of the product.""FabricPath's best features are routing, OSPS, ethernet, and performance.""The solution has excellent stability.""It's very stable.""The most valuable feature is the central management where the customer can receive all the alerts.""We have found the solution to be stable."

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"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.""It is stable, and it fulfills our needs. We have all the functions we need, so we're totally satisfied.""The pricing is quite competitive.""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.""HPE ProCurve's most valuable feature is that it is user-friendly.""HPE ProCurve has plenty of features.""We have found the solution to be entirely stable.""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."

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"The initial setup is a little complex.""The prices for FabricPath are very high, and Cisco also takes a long time to deliver products (in Mexico, the delivery time is eight months).""The documents could improve for Cisco FabricPath. There are times when the relevant information is not present in the different sections of the documents, such as deployment. The documents should be more detailed and enhanced.""If Cisco can include management for this protocol in Layer 3, that would be ideal.""The price is a little bit too high.""The cloud version of Cisco Fabric Path could be improved."

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"I don't have any recommendations for areas of improvement.""Since we transfer from one gigabit to ten gigabits of information, in a future release, it would benefit to have more high-speed ports.""There is one proprietary function they lack, and I can't remember what it was called, but it monitors the ports, and then every 10 seconds if the port is down, it can divert the traffic somewhere else.""There should be faster interfaces on the switch, such as 25 gigabits.""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.""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.""It might be best if it offers better scalability."

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  • "The price of Cisco FabricPath could be reduced, it is expensive in the market here in Sri Lanka. The solution is subscriptions based, if the customer wants any future integrations, or if there are any future enhancements they will have to pay. There are different license options available, such as one or three years purchases."
  • "FabricPath is very reasonably priced."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.
    Top Answer:The management features are in need of improvement.
    Top Answer:We have found the solution to be entirely stable.
    Top Answer:The price could be more competitive. Everything is included in the price as there are no security features that need to be updated, it is just the hardware alone.
    Top Answer:Since we transfer from one to ten gigabits of information, in a future release, it would benefit to have more high-speed ports. For example, the uplink should be 40 gigabits or 100 gigabits. That… more »
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    Also Known As
    ProCurve, HP ProCurve
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    Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
    HP Networking (HP ProCurve) products enable a cost-effective network that's agile, flexible, and fully interoperable. Boost availability, performance, monitoring, and productivity with HP network software, services, and support.
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    Sample Customers
    Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
    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
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Healthcare Company21%
    Mining And Metals Company7%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise23%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco FabricPath vs. HPE ProCurve
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco FabricPath vs. HPE ProCurve and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco FabricPath is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 6 reviews while HPE ProCurve is ranked 4th in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Cisco FabricPath is rated 9.2, while HPE ProCurve is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Reliable, simple to set up, and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE ProCurve writes "Good CLI and GUI interface capabilities, but the initial setup is complex". Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Cisco Nexus, Brocade VCS and Arista Campus LAN Switches, whereas HPE ProCurve is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Aruba Instant On Switches and Juniper QFabric. See our Cisco FabricPath vs. HPE ProCurve report.

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