HPE Ethernet Switches vs Ubiquiti UniFi Switches comparison

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We performed a comparison between HPE Ethernet Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Ethernet Switches solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed HPE Ethernet Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Juniper Ethernet Switches' best features are the high packer sorting and throughput, good uplink port capacity, and virtual setup.""The solution has a high level of network functionality.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable.""It's pretty good as compared to other vendors.""It's stable and reliable."

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"It is a scalable solution.""The speed is very fast.""The main features of the solution I have found to be the interface and unique features other solutions do not have. Additionally, they have a lifetime warranty on the hardware.""It's stable and performing well.""The simplicity of the commands is most valuable. The commands are the same for several devices.""The most valuable feature in HPE Ethernet Switches is programmability and analytics.""HPE Ethernet Switches have a lifetime warranty. I am using an old version of the solution, but I have heard the new models have incorporated a lot of new features, such as remote setup.""They are affordable and very stable. They also have good performance."

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"It is a high-quality product, and it won't let you down.""The value here with using the Ubiquiti products across the board is that they're almost all single-pane management and the single-pane management is included. It's a huge benefit.""The most valuable feature of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is the graphic user interface for monitoring, where you can see the status of the device in real-time. I use those features across the campus. I use the APs as my beacons to tell me whether the area of the school of the network is down or not. Those will be the first to alert me that there is a problem with the network or a device. They provide me with more than only monitoring themselves, I use them in order to monitor all the devices.""UniFi Switches' best feature is the ability to switch voltage from 24 to 48, and it's almost the only device on the market with this feature.""The two most valuable features are the remote access user and the side-to-side connection.""Ubiquiti is one step above the consumer level. They cost a little bit more, but they just seem to be drop-dead reliable, and they're keeping up with the latest standards.""The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable.""Ubiquiti's network management and the way you can manage many different devices on a network are really nice."

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Cons
"The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.""We are not very pleased with their performance.""I would like the ability to operate with other operating systems.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""The management tools are limited in their abilities, and suffer from upgrade problems."

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"They should continue to work on new features.""We'd like better support for situations where we need troubleshooting.""The product could always use better technical support.""There is some improvement needed for the power supply of the solution.""There is a limitation of capability.""The solution is very comparable to Huawei, however, it could be more scalable. Huawei is easier to scale.""The next release would benefit from adding a central management that could be deployable on premise and allow you to see the layout of topology.""We haven't had any issues with this switch in the past 10 years. That's the reason we're still keeping them alive."

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"Ubiquiti tends to end-of-life things faster than other companies do. Cisco tends to be in the 8-, 10-, 12-year time frame, and Ubiquiti tends to be in the 4- or 5-year time frame.""It would be beneficial for us if Ubiquiti had a team of advanced data transportation specialists that we could get feedback from. We are not experts in data transportation, so having this sort of resource would be helpful for us.""This brand is not very popular in China.""New products don't integrate well with their management platform. Sometimes you have to go directly to the box or the switch to do the management.""I'd like there to be better reporting for the solution.""I would recommend changing the solution to a recognized one, such as Check Point or Fortinet.""I would like to see the pricing improved.""It would be nice if there was a way to label all of the ports on it so that I could include information about where the various connections go."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Juniper Ethernet Switches could be less expensive. There is not a license needed to use the solution."
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  • "The pricing is very good."
  • "The price is fair."
  • "They are affordable and less expensive than Cisco. Their price was the decider at the time."
  • "All the solutions have a license for the QSFP. Additionally, there is a one-time license fee to increase the interface speed."
  • "We need to pay when we buy the switch. We pay for a license to use the software, but it is not required."
  • "It is a more expensive solution."
  • "HP switches are priced well."
  • "The licensing cost is yearly, and there aren't any additional costs on top of the standard fee."
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  • "The price of this product is cheap."
  • "The price of the solution is fair compared to others. However, it is expensive."
  • "The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses."
  • "It's around $179 a device."
  • "There are no licensing fees; you just purchase it and run it."
  • "Ubiquiti is one of the cheapest WiFi network providers that provide a very good WiFi network, which is monitored and deployable. The price is very fair for the technology they're offering."
  • "UniFi Switches are cost-effective compared to Cisco."
  • "Everything was bought in a one-time buy as a capital investment, so there isn't any licensing."
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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:You can get an extended license. You do need to pay to use the solution.
    Top Answer:The use case of this solution depends on our client's environment. Some use HPE Ethernet Switches right out of the box… more »
    Top Answer:We are customers. We have a support contract through partners. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. The product is… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning… more »
    Top Answer:UniFi Switches' best feature is the ability to switch voltage from 24 to 48, and it's almost the only device on the… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    HP Ethernet Switches
    UniFi Switches
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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.

    HP has created the most open, integrated and software-defined networking portfolio and ecosystem of its kind – driving simplification with networks that understand, adapt to and protect your business applications in real-time. Only HP extends the momentum of software-defined networking everywhere–from the mobile edge to the heart of data centers.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are managed Gigabit switches (Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports) designed to meet all your network needs while delivering excellent performance. The switches’ excellent network performance is combined with fiber connectivity that includes two SFP ports and the ability to process traffic without putting packet loss at risk.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Are:

    • Easy to deploy
    • Simple to use
    • Affordable
    • Reliable and stable

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Output Modes:

    • PoE: Uses IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver up to 15.4W.
    • PoE+: Uses IEEE 802.3at standard to deliver up to 30W.
    • PoE++: Uses IEEE 802.3bt standard to deliver up to 60W.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Input Modes:

    • US-8 (PoE, PoE+)
    • USW-Flex (PoE, PoE+, PoE++)
    • USW-Flex Mini (PoE, PoE+)

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Reliable hardware
    • Alarm alerting system
    • Dual-band
    • PoE+ flexibility
    • Fiber connectivity
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Mesh networking
    • Secure management
    • High speed
    • Excellent dashboards
    • Reporting and detailed analytics
    • Multi-site management
    • Deep packet inspection

    Benefits of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches:

    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are silent because they are designed without a fan.
    • They help simplify your network infrastructure and cabling.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches offer 24 to 48 port switch versions to work with.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provide redundant power if the internal power supply fails.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches include the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are rated as affordable when compared with competitors.
    • Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports
    • Configuration with Ubiquiti UniFi is easy; It's simple to configure or reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly.
    • By having a mobile app, Unifi makes it easy to check on sites and to configure APs individually if necessary.
    • With Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, you can operate your IP cameras and phones through a single network cable.


    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy says "The ability to deploy quickly and then having one central location for all the settings are its most valuable aspects."

    "The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable," says Doru I., Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies

    Murali S., Management Consultant at a consultancy, explains that “For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily."

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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Computer Software Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Manufacturing Company10%
    University8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Manufacturing Company27%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Individual & Family Service7%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government7%
    Retailer5%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business81%
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    Small Business36%
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    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Ethernet Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Ethernet Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Ethernet Switches is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 20 reviews while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 15 reviews. HPE Ethernet Switches is rated 8.4, while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Ethernet Switches writes "They're solid and can last for up to 15 years". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches writes "Rock solid stability with adjustable voltage configuration for PoE". HPE Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches, Meraki MS Switches and H3C Ethernet Switches, whereas Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches. See our HPE Ethernet Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report.

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