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What advice do you have for others considering Aruba Wireless?

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

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What advice do you have for others considering Aruba Wireless?

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Ajith Mathew - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We’re end-users and work with Aruba partners. This is an in-house solution and we use the latest version. I’d rate the solution nine out of ten. For new users, Aruba can be a good solution. The hardware portfolio is great. They have instant access points for small-scale businesses to medium size and even large businesses. They have all kinds of portfolios in their hardware catalog. Even for COVID times, they also introduce access points for the work from home. These kinds of things are there already in their portfolio. When we are plugging in their stack, we can leverage Aruba Central, Aruba Wireless, Aruba Switches, et cetera. It's easy to manage. Everything is managed under a central console.

reviewer967293 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

What I really like about the company is they stay in touch with us and let us know what their roadmap is and what developments are coming. They are not just a company that sells you their solution and then disappears. Aruba is a sound business investment because we hardly ever experience any issues. On one occasion when we had a failure, their support team helped us immediately. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Anar Safibayov - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I rate Aruba Wireless eight out of 10. It has good support and solid options for the access points. However, if the Ruckus solution were the same price, I would go for Ruckus. We have some budget limitations, so we ended up going with Aruba and fine-tuning it. In general, we have no issues with coverage. It works fine, and it's WiFi 6. At that point, there was no WiFi 6 hospitality version of the access points from Ruckus available in our market. That was one of the biggest advantages in addition to the price. We also got an IoT-enabled solution by default. If you don't need these notifications, you can go with Aruba product. Otherwise, you need to consider that in advance.

Youngwook_Kim - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. We've been fairly happy with its capabilities.

reviewer1858131 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I used to work with an organization that had a business relationship with Aruba, however, recently I've moved on. I typically work with the latest version of the solution. It can be deployed on-premises as well as in the cloud. I would recommend new users utilize each and every feature of the wireless capabilities which are being offered for security. There is quite a bit of integration possible. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

Rufino Tinio - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I would rate this solution 8 out of 10. For someone who is looking into implementing this product, they need to understand what the objective is of that project. It could be coming from the IT modernization strategy. You have to evaluate different vendors offering different solutions. Then perform that pitch to the management and the usual project management. If there is a winning vendor, of course implementation comes in. Make sure that the target date will be completed as planned in the project plan.

Mahmoud Shehadeh - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Reseller

I would rate Aruba Wireless a seven out of ten.

Ahmed Hawary - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are on a partner, gold partner at tier-one for HP. We are working directly with the vendor. There isn't any team, or any supplier, or anyone between us and Aruba. For Cisco, we are working with their team or, and the suppliers from Europe, from Dubai. We request some material from them, and that's all. Huawei has the same setup as Cisco. I'm certified ACMP, ACSP, ACDB, and a certified ACAD, AC professional. While the latest release was 10, we are working with 8.7. New users will get a lot of benefits from Aruba. They have a lot of products - including ClearPass. Users will not find any net solution like ClearPass, from anyone. In Gartner, it is a leader in IoT for wired and wireless IoT such as cameras, access control, et cetera. They also have great switches. It's a very big vendor like HP. Aruba has a lifetime warranty. You don't need to get proactive care; the hardware already has a lifetime warranty. In the end, you will get a lot of benefits. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten.

reviewer1230060 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I'm a technical engineer, and I'm leading the networking team in one of our system integrations today. I'm an integrator. One of the solutions that we are providing is wireless, e.g. Cisco, Aruba Wireless, and Mojo from Arista. My advice to an organization looking to implement Aruba Wireless is to take it, because I've seen a lot of vendors and I've dealt with customers, so everyday I assume there would be different challenges with my customers. With Aruba Wireless, there are no doubts about its quality and uptime. I'm rating Aruba Wireless an eight out of ten.

Rahul Bogala - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I rate Aruba Wireless eight out of 10. If you're an enterprise customer like us working with applications daily, you should check out Aruba. However, if you're an educational institution, a large stadium, an auditorium, or something like that, I suggest Ruckus.

SasikaRanasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Our company's role is system integrator. We are involved with products and solutions which we provide to the end customers. The products we provide vary, because it would depend on the requirement and customer requirement levels. It would also depend on the current pricing of the products, e.g. this is because we provide different vendor products, not just Aruba. We also provide Cisco, Maracas, and the entire product spectrum that we provide to the customers. We provide the latest version of this product to our customers, because with the latest version, the benefit to the customers is that they can get the maximum usage of the product lifetime. Other than the product features, our customers value our onsite support, onsite feedback, clarifications, and installations. We are able to quickly sort out the issues experienced by our customers. For people who are not currently using Aruba Wireless, I would tell them to look into the Aruba product range and try it out for themselves. They'll find out that these are Amazing products with very good product support. I'm rating Aruba Wireless an eight out ten, because no products could reach the perfect score of ten. Technology is fast-changing, so today's technology won't be tomorrow's technology. There's no technological vendor who could be ranked a ten, so my rating for this product is an eight.

reviewer880782 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. My advice is that if you don't have experience, you should find a partner for support rather than rely on the company.

An Quang Vu Phan Phan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5MSP

My advice to others that want to implement Aruba Wireless is they have to study the solution and have a good understanding. Aruba has a good academy for studying. I rate Aruba Wireless a nine out of ten.

Antonio Chuquimarca - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I would rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We've been quite satisfied with its capabilities.

Amin Amor - PeerSpot reviewer

Visual RF and Airwaves needs some improvement. 

Jorge Aldana - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

For those interesting in using Aruba Wireless, I would recommend taking a simplified approach to the license. They should analyze options relevant to their systems as it can get more complex. At this moment, there are a lot of licensing options. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Aruba Wireless a nine.

DImo Dimov - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Reseller

I rate Aruba Wireless a nine out of ten.

Luiz Canario - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

You should know about the topology of the Aruba Wireless solution. It is very important because it depends on the size of the network. Otherwise, you might end up buying something that's not adequate for large networks. I would rate Aruba Wireless an eight out of ten.

reviewer1312101 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Consultant

I would recommend Aruba Wireless, but it depends on the size and the scope. If you are a large-scale enterprise, you are going to need to deploy something large. If you are a big university or something, you are going to have to pick one of the big three, which, in this case, is going to be Cisco, Aruba, or Juniper. Juniper's Mist is a recent addition that is hugely popular right now because of a lot of the stuff it does in the cloud. They are all cloud-based controllers, and they integrate machine learning into all of your analytics to give you data. I think that Aruba Wireless is a good product overall. They have some code issues with this change as most vendors do when they go through a major change. The product hardware is really good, and they have additional capabilities that Cisco doesn't have, like being able to do per-port tunneling so that you can keep isolation on. They are building features, and you could only make use of these if you extend out and use all the Aruba products like Aruba switches, Aruba ClearPass, etc. I've had a couple of conversations with them about the next release, which is actually pending. I don't think it is happening this year. It will happen next year. Version 10 is their next step of code, and it is geared more towards automating a lot of the setup. There are still a lot of manual tasks that you have to do. The automation piece has been something that has really garnered a lot of interest from the wireless community in terms of being able to set networks up. You can just buy access points and just throw them up, and once they're powered on, they communicate with zero-touch provisioning and all that kind of stuff. A lot of the automated processes are coming along, such as the ability to tie in cloud-based analytics to look at your reports, training, or data, like Juniper Mist is doing. There will also be a change in the user interface. They have now brought in things like COVID tracking. It is not like they are adding features that the market wants. They will add the ability for you to be able to write things that you want to see so that you can basically do your own SDK, if you like, and more easily be able to tie that into what you're doing. I'm not sure whether they'll offer that within the version 10 code. I would rate Aruba Wireless a seven out of ten. The negatives are the instability with the specific versions of code. These could be specific versions of code, but the newer features, such as WPA, WiFi 6, require some of the newer code. The newer code isn't really very stable yet. The high point would be that it is still an industry leader with on par hardware and performance like anybody else.

Gaurav Vyas - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

For the most part, there is nothing that needs to be added and I can recommend this product. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

reviewer1434741 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We're an Aruba partner. We provide this solution to our customers. We tend to work with and offer the latest version on the market. The version we have now in our offices is more than five years old at this point. It was the latest version when we installed it. Would advise anyone considering using Aruba first do a proof of concept. Different environments will have different needs. It's really up to the team and the performance walls that you're looking to test. If your company is pretty simple and small, it may not be necessary to have Aruba. It would be like buying a Ferrari when all you really need is any old car. However, if your organization is looking for a solution that is solid, performance-wise, this may be perfect. It's best to test. Also, a company needs to clearly identify their requirements. Do they need the high performance? Are they constrained by costs? All of these questions need to be considered before signing onto a solution. A cost-benefit analysis needs to be done before choosing any product. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. If it offered more free tools and had better day-to-day monitoring, I might rank it higher.

reviewer1429029 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

My advice for anybody who is implementing Aruba Wireless concerns the design stage. I suggest trying to design everything using a single vendor. Do not use a multivendor approach because you will have issues with integrating systems together. Overall, this is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

reviewer1273800 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The advice that I would give to someone considering Aruba as a wireless solution would be to look into the Aruba Central cloud solution that they are offering right now. I think we are at a time of brand control that needs to be managed and needs to be supported. I think that working with a cloud-based solution is a better option than on-premises solutions. I think what is more important than a particular tool is that you also have the depth of wireless knowledge to really be able to competently manage such environments. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate this product as a seven-out-of-ten. To improve on that score they would have to make Aruba more available to cloud management. They just recently started with Aruba Central and they are not as far along as Juniper Mist is with having a mature cloud solution. The problem for Aruba is that Juniper Mist is a new product without a longer legacy. They can start from ground zero. Aruba needs to support the older controller-based models and that may slow them down when it comes to development.

Huthaisa Al Saaideh - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20MSP

The most important thing is the heat map; you need to have a good heat map and make sure it's configured correctly with Aruba. If you don't have a heat map, you may have issues. Here in Jordan, some providers will go to a company that requires 10 access points and tell them they only need five. In reality, they just want the job and the client. Then, after everything is said and done, the client complains about the five access points not covering the whole area. Some preparation is required before you can get started with Aruba. The total amount of power needed for the access points needs to be calculated. I would recommend doing this yourself as some companies just want to sell their products. Companies in Jordan were quite loyal to Cisco, but in the last five months, I have installed roughly 500 Aruba Switches. Version 1920 is very popular; it's very fast and great for network stability. Cisco and Aruba offer the same features. My customers don't need advanced features. What's the point in spending an extra $300-400 dollars for features you won't even use? On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. If they increased their coverage, I would give them a rating of 15, not simply ten.

reviewer1422075 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Aruba Wireless is a very good solution. Should you choose this solution, be sure to start from the beginning and learn as much as you can. This way, you will have a better understanding of its uses — how to navigate and use it properly. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. I can't give it a higher rating because of the issues we have experience with our Macintosh devices.

reviewer1264056 - PeerSpot reviewer

My advice for anybody who is considering Aruba Wireless is to try it. If you try it then you're going to like it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

reviewer1359489 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Aruba wireless eight-out-of-ten. Nobody would get a ten.

reviewer1383753 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The advice that I would give to others who are looking into implementing Aruba starts with that it is a good product. It has some really good features. But the other reality is that you might need to be prepared to face some hiccups with any upgrades and with the setup. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the Aruba Wireless solution as a seven-point-five out of ten. Because of the upgrade issues and the persistence of those, I would rate it a seven.

reviewer1089651 - PeerSpot reviewer

The advice I would give to a customer that wants to implement this product is that they must have good support from a product partner. Try to find a certified partner to do the job of planning and implementation. This should be a certified HP partner to do the job as Aruba is an HP company. Choose the right partner, the right technical guy, and the right company to implement the solution for you. It will make sure you have the solution deployed in the way you need it to be done to fit your needs and expectations. That is the most important thing that I can think of. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as a nine-and-a-half.

reviewer1375509 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I think that Aruba Wireless is a great option. I hardly ever have problems with access points and the failover mechanism works well. Overall, It's a good solid system. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

MarcoPiazzalunga - PeerSpot reviewer

Aruba Wireless is very expensive. They changed a lot of models in the last two years. The cost has increased quite a lot in my local area. Other than costs, it depends on whether you have a discount on the license. Aruba Wireless changed all of the portal payments a couple of years ago. This created some issues. On a scale of one to 10, I would rate the product with an eight.

Bhagat Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would definitely recommend Aruba devices. I rate Aruba Wireless at nine out of 10 because of the performance and stability of the product. It's not a 10 because it needs enhanced security and a more granular level of reporting. If these kinds of things were provided it could be a 10.

MarcoPiazzalunga - PeerSpot reviewer

I would recommend it for the performance and support. For me, the most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * performance * reliability * support. I rate Aruba at eight out of 10 because every software has problems at times. It also doesn't fit all our customers' requests.

Mathew Simupande - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

My advice would depend on the needs. It depends on what size of business you have and what you are looking to accomplish. In general, I'd recommend Aruba Wireless. The only other thing I would let you know is that, if you want a centralized management system that is able to manage all your networking devices such as the wireless, the switch, the routers, and the firewall, then Aruba may not be the one, because Aruba doesn't do firewalls. For example, with Meraki, you can have a full Meraki network with the switches, routers, firewall, APs, all managed on one central network. With Aruba, if you have a firewall, you'd have to use a separate management system to manage that. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor would be * support * durability of the device * brand reputation * ease of use. I would rate Aruba Wireless at about eight out of 10. I haven't had any issues with it to date, and it's a pretty robust product. The reason I won't give it higher than that is because of the GUI. They need to make it more polished like Meraki's. But other than that, I've been pretty happy with it and I like all the additional features there.

Saseendran Vasu - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It's a good product, you can go ahead with it. When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are a stable product, the cost, and security features. I rate Aruba Wireless at nine out of 10 because it is reliable, and all the features are okay.

it_user879276 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Take the training at first and then implement it. Be sure to have full knowledge of your network, know how your network has been set up. And have a senior engineer or have one of the Aruba engineers so they can help you with the project that you have. Ask them how to actually implement Aruba into your network and they can advise you. I give this solution a 10 out of 10. It's a new product, Aruba is somewhat new to the market but I think they are doing an excellent job. For a newbie type of product, it's not very easy to compete with the market, especially with the Cisco controller manager. But I think Aruba is on top, nowadays, in the market.

it_user840204 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We have used this product for over six years. We have transitioned from a physical controller (model 620) for wireless, to the "instant" (virtual) controller, eliminating the physical controller. Overall, I would rate our experience with Aruba Wireless products an eight out of 10. The product is very durable, does not go down or fail. It rates a 10. The Aruba Central cloud portal needs work. Compared to the Cisco Meraki dashboard portal, the Meraki dashboard portal is a nine out of 10, while the Aruba Central cloud portal is a five at best.

it_user839688 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We currently utilize the Aruba Instant 205 and older Instant 105 models. I would give both models a rating of an eight out of 10. We will be upgrading this summer to move our Instant 105 models out of circulation and will be implementing three new Aruba product lines. Make sure you get the maintenance licensing, don't skimp on the models. If you can buy a more powerful unit, get the more powerful unit, it will be supported longer and offer a longer ROI.

it_user839694 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It's a great product, easy to use, easy monitoring, and great tech support. Plan out placement as thoroughly as possible.

it_user839691 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is a great product if it has what you are looking for.

SeniorWi09c2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would rate this product at nine out of 10. Aruba provides great service when a call is placed for assistance. One drawback for me is the language barrier. Sometimes it is a little difficult to understand the technician on the phone.

it_user837513 - PeerSpot reviewer

Excellent support and stable product.

it_user836475 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would rate it at eight out of 10. It proved to be stable with minimal failures that I saw in the three- to five-year time frame I worked with them.

it_user836472 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Perform a site survey and get a model that supports the latest AC technology. At first, the product was a solid 10. As time went on, and newer firmware was released, the product has dropped significantly to maybe a four or five rating out of 10 due to various bugs and design issues. We no longer use Aruba for any new sites and are slowly phasing them out from our locations with a different controllerless product that has drastically increased reliability and performance.

it_user836445 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would buy it again.

Jacob Golick - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Grab a couple and test them out. The features that these things have available and the ease of setup are fantastic.

Eric Winiger - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Quality of the product and the OS interface are a nine out 10.

it_user281328 - PeerSpot reviewer

Try it. It works fine.

it_user656106 - PeerSpot reviewer

Try it out. You will enjoy the hard-core concept put behind Aruba Wireless.

D6B8 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

Honestly, and simply put, I would look elsewhere. I feel this company falls short on its promises, has been a pain to work with, and the product I feel is inferior to its many competitors. Don't be fooled by the marketing hype; it's a fair product but it's not everything they promise.

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