2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering Aruba Switches?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Aruba Switches, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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38 Answers
Marius Celliers - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director Technology at Quantum Design and Engineering
Real User
Top 20
2022-10-21T15:05:38Z
Oct 21, 2022

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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Tham Cm - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Cmsa
Real User
Top 5
2022-09-19T10:59:33Z
Sep 19, 2022

I would rate Aruba Switches an eight out of ten.

HendrikVelloen - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Specialist at TCM
Real User
Top 10
2022-08-19T10:19:34Z
Aug 19, 2022

The performance of the product is very good, no problem there. You can either purchase a gigabyte or 10 gigabyte switch.

Wajid Khattak - PeerSpot reviewer
Procurement Officer at Emerging Systems
Real User
Top 10
2022-08-12T11:25:00Z
Aug 12, 2022

We have a partnership with Aruba. The solution is deployed at an access level. It's a comfortable switch to use and we don't really have any complaints. Normally they have built-in PoE Switches as well. We can connect an access point to them. There's no major issue in that regard. I would rate them nine out of ten.

Anil Ergunsah - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Partner & Technical Consultant&Trainer(CCIE#29761, CCSI#31865) at IT Expert
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-07-20T14:20:07Z
Jul 20, 2022

I recommend this solution to others. I rate Aruba Switches an eight out of ten.

Chandana Weerasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Director / General Manager - Infrastructure Software and Networking at DMS Electronics (Pvt) Ltd
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-01T06:51:44Z
Jun 1, 2022

Aruba has an advantage over their competitors because they specialize in delivery, which means they don't have the long delivery times that Cisco and others quote. I'd rate Aruba Switches eight out of ten.

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RioAdi Nugroho - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Network & Security at PT Network Data Sistem
MSP
Top 20
2022-05-15T17:05:37Z
May 15, 2022

We are an Aruba partner. We tend to recommend this solution to our customers. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. We are quite satisfied with its capabilities.

BL
Manager ITS at RTA
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-25T12:03:08Z
Apr 25, 2022

I rate Aruba Switches eight out of 10. I never give any solution a 10. I'm sure they could improve a little bit, but they've been flawless from our point of view. Aruba is significantly cheaper than Cisco, we've had no issues. Everything about them has been excellent for us.

IM
Network Delivery Lead at AT&T
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-12T17:45:23Z
Apr 12, 2022

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

JB
Network Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-03-15T18:52:50Z
Mar 15, 2022

Aruba switches are pretty good. They are robust, and they do pretty much everything that Cisco is doing. I would rate these switches a nine out of 10.

DK
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2022-02-16T07:16:24Z
Feb 16, 2022

We have some Aruba Switches and access points, but I can't recall which version we're using. I'm just an end user of this product, e.g. not a partner or reseller. Deployment of this product is on-premises, but the management of Aruba Switches is on public cloud. This product is installed and used on-premises. This product is something that we set and forget, and we didn't have difficulties from the time we set these Aruba Switches up, to present. I can't think of any area for improvement. We have 15 people using Aruba Switches in our company. I don't have any advice for people who want to implement Aruba Switches. This product is reliable and easy to implement. There won't be a lot of difficulty with implementing it. It's a good product and has a straightforward implementation. I'm rating Aruba Switches eight out of ten.

Ramesh Benure - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-12-29T15:43:48Z
Dec 29, 2020

I would recommend this solution depending on the requirements. It is easy to use and affordable. It is cheaper than other solutions. I would rate Aruba switches an eight out of ten.

Hossam Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Team Lead at ElSewedy Education
Consultant
Top 5
2020-12-29T14:48:35Z
Dec 29, 2020

Overall, this is a good product that has all of the features I need. I plan on continuing to use these switches and I can recommend them to others. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

TX
IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-12-16T09:41:00Z
Dec 16, 2020

I rate Aruba Switches an eight out of ten.

PK
Chief Information Officer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-12-06T06:28:31Z
Dec 6, 2020

From the perspective of IT management, this is a good product, it is working fine and I don't have any issues with it. I can recommend it to others. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-11-06T19:57:00Z
Nov 6, 2020

I would recommend Aruba switches. I would rate this product a nine out of 10.

MK
Senior Technical Officer at Sri Lanka Telecom Services
Real User
2020-11-04T15:21:43Z
Nov 4, 2020

I would recommend Aruba for anyone looking for a stable enterprise-level solution. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Aruba Switches a rating of eight. If they lowered the cost and introduced some basic-level features and access points, I would give them a higher rating. Basic Aruba access points are expensive in Sri Lanka.

RG
Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-10-30T00:04:33Z
Oct 30, 2020

Overall, this is a good, solid tool. It doesn't do anything fancy but it does what we need it to do. We don't do any routing through it. We have other routers to do all of that work. Again, the modular flexibility was a big attraction for us. I've used Switches forever, so I knew what to expect. There was no installation really needed. We knew how to set up VLAN and set up the interfaces. We're happy with it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

SS
Network Architect & Pre-Sales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
2020-09-21T06:34:00Z
Sep 21, 2020

I would recommend it 100%. Absolutely no problem with it. I would rate Aruba Switches an eight out of ten.

Steven Adema - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Visolity B.V.
Consultant
2020-09-01T05:25:10Z
Sep 1, 2020

My advice for people considering this solution is that I would recommend it. It is very stable, it is a high-performance switch for the mid-market segment. It is just a very good switch. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Aruba Switches as a nine-out-of-ten. If I say that it is a ten it means that there is nothing more that they can improve. Everything can be improved. I think nine is a very good rating.

AP
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-08-23T08:17:16Z
Aug 23, 2020

In summary, Aruba switches work well, they are a good product, and I recommend them. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-08-19T07:57:25Z
Aug 19, 2020

If you start using these products, then it's a good idea to check whether the product that you're going to use is in the same management fabric. We use a slightly different hardware architecture for the access switches, the 2930f environment, and that uses a different management layer. So if I was to think about it again, I would try to see if it's possible to get the whole environment within the same management fabric. By doing that you ease up on a lot of the manageability issues. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.

AS
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-07-27T07:17:39Z
Jul 27, 2020

We have experience working in networking products, high-security products like firewalls, switches, and all data center products. We would happy to use Aruba Switches in the future if there are new technologies that meet our requirements, and our needs regarding visibility. Having visibility in the entire network and to see all of the parts of the network is something that is important to us. In general, I recommend Aruba Switches. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

SA
System Engineer at Neogenesis technical solutions
MSP
2020-07-26T08:19:07Z
Jul 26, 2020

We're partners with Aruba. I'm a systems engineer, not a technical engineer, so I don't look too closely at the technical aspects of the solution. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

Navin Gadhvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager IT at Suzuki Motor Gujtarat
Real User
2020-07-26T08:19:00Z
Jul 26, 2020

I have four years of experience working with Aruba but I have more than 10 years of experience with Cisco. If you are working in the manufacturing industry or in an environment with high heat and high temperatures, then I would recommend Aruba Switches, but if you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Aruba Switches a nine. We do not give out ratings of 100% quality on any products.

AH
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-07-19T08:15:00Z
Jul 19, 2020

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

DM
Manager IT at Hormann Legnica Sp. z o.o.
Real User
2020-07-05T09:38:02Z
Jul 5, 2020

We're only an Aruba customer. We don't have any special relationship with Aruba. I recommend the product. It's very good. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. If the security was just a little bit better, I would give it full marks. As it is right now, the security could always be improved upon.

SW
Network Security Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
Jun 28, 2020

I would rate Aruba switches at a nine out of a scale of ten.

CR
IT Director at a government
Real User
2019-11-18T07:22:00Z
Nov 18, 2019

We use both the cloud and on-premises deployment models. I would recommend the solution, especially if you are on a tight budget and are looking for a no-nonsense product. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

AP
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-11-17T06:50:00Z
Nov 17, 2019

For small businesses, it is the best on the market right now. The recognition is still new. Aruba is easy to expand and easy to configure. I would recommend Aruba Switches. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

AF
Networking Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-11-17T06:50:00Z
Nov 17, 2019

We are system integrators and we propose solutions for our clients. From what I read in Gartner Magic Quadrant, Aruba Switches rank highly. It's a good solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

it_user1081542 - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
2019-11-13T05:29:00Z
Nov 13, 2019

I will rate this solution an eight out of ten at least. I would like to see some additional features to be included in the next release, and I would like more data center functionality for our data center people.

AmrIssa - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Officer at mobica
Real User
2019-11-13T05:28:00Z
Nov 13, 2019

We used and configured Tricom Switches. HP merged with Tricom and the company after that Aruba merged with HP. The switch became very different, it is good and has a different configuration. We have had a few problems in our company, we have had some conflicts in the configuration. Aruba was the first company to introduce access points, as far back as ten years ago. It's a good product, but it's not equal to Cisco. It's better. I compare it with Cisco and Aruba is a better switch. With Cisco, you buy the name, history, and global branding. If an engineer or any company ask me about network solutions, I recommend Aruba. I have some concerns because not many engineers write on the command line in Aruba. Not many engineers know the solution, unlike Cisco, which is well known in the education industry and on the market. If you can configure the Aruba Switch for the very first time without any issues, then you are a very good engineer, you know the solution. Aruba Access points, controller, and performance are the best! I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Hamed Wasel - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Security Network Engineer at Children's Cancer Hospital - Egypt 57357
Real User
2019-11-04T06:14:00Z
Nov 4, 2019

I received training on this solution from HP, here in Egypt. I strongly recommend Aruba Switches with Aruba products for compatibility. If you use Cisco or other solutions, it may cause some issues with the stability of the environment. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

it_user1033941 - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-10-31T06:27:00Z
Oct 31, 2019

We've been implementing, with the help of Aruba, with zero-touch provisioning in a newly opened hospital. Roughly 450 switches have been put into operation using zero-touch provisioning (ZTP). It was challenging; even Aruba probably hadn't done such a large scale project before using ZTP. In terms of advice, I'd say if you are entering the next stage of switch hardware, of network hardware, just have a look at Aruba. It's really, really helpful having an open API to use Python or other script languages to modify configurations and to automate exchange of state changes with neighbouring structures. We try to keep as close as possible to standards. There are some areas where standards aren't available, for instance stacking of network Access switches, whre no vendor-independent standards is existing yet. So look at the whole package including the switch hardware, the licenses, the license for management and bear in mind the transceivers. When using Aruba switches, stick with the automation tools, don't let yourself be seduced into going back to manual configuration. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. They would be perfect, but there's a noise once they are on under heavy load in a warm environment. It might be the case that they are not usable for installations where the loudness damping between the installation room and office is not sufficient.

WA
Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
2019-10-27T06:19:00Z
Oct 27, 2019

We prefer Ruckus solutions over Aruba, whether they are wired or wireless. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

AH
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-10-27T06:19:00Z
Oct 27, 2019

I would recommend this product. I would rate this product a seven out of ten.

Alfred_Pullicino - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Real User
Top 5
2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
Oct 24, 2019

My advice to someone considering this solution is to play it out before and choose whoever has the better solution. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten out of ten because there were some major issues like configuration conflicts and by the time we got to solve them, it was a bit of a nightmare until we got it up and running. But there will always be some teething problems. There were problems while implementing until we sorted things out and until it started stabilizing itself. It was either a question of the switch temporarily disconnecting from the internet so it couldn't connect to Aruba Central for the configuration. You can do a configuration but it is accepted as a configuration and it doesn't tell you, for example, what a particular error or something like that is.

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IT Manager at Genesis Global
Oct 24, 2019
Licensing costs are on a yearly basis.
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CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 31, 2019
We just had all the licenses for five years included in the bidding process. Since the competitive nature of the resulting contract, our actual costs might not reflect the standard market prices. Due to the visibilityof our project, Aruba has been generous with the included amount of licenses, which will serve us for years to come.
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