Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Aruba Switches?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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26 Answers
Tham Cm - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Cmsa
Real User
Top 5
Sep 19, 2022

The pricing for Aruba Switches is definitely expensive.

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HendrikVelloen - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Specialist at TCM
Real User
Top 10
Aug 19, 2022

The advice I would provide others is if you are a customer running Aruba for your switching infrastructure, consider taking the basic switching training offered. They cover everything from out of the box setup, everything you need including GUI's and CLI interfaces. The product pricing is competitive and approximately 10% cheaper than the likes of Nexus. Professional services and training can also be provided by the vendor.

Wajid Khattak - PeerSpot reviewer
Procurement Officer at Emerging Systems
Real User
Top 10
Aug 12, 2022

The Aruba Switch cost is normally high if it is compared to Huawei and many other brands. Typically it is a $500 to $600 difference in price.

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

There is a license required if you want to use wireless controls for micro-segmentation. However, for Aruba Switches there is no license required. The price of the solution is good and they provide discounts depending on the projects. The price could still be reduced.

Michael-Sugg - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Sovereign Managed Services
Real User
Top 5
Jun 6, 2022

I am paying for the hardware and Aruba Central licenses, but I would like a version of Aruba Central to come out with a light version with a few features turned off. Ubiquiti and other vendors have free tools. I believe they're looking at that, but it's not out yet. I hope they will release that to make it competitive because I'm using an enterprise-class switch for small businesses. We're looking for some of those capabilities, but not all of them. Aruba has its Soho class switches, which are instant-on platforms. However, with the instant-on platform, you need to manage everything with individual clouds instead of bringing all of them under one console. There's an annual license fee for the Aruba Central cloud management platform for each Aruba device. You don't need licenses for the hardware and other support, but if you don't pay for the Aruba Central license, you will not get firmware updates or technical support. You have to have those at least for probably several years. When you reach a point where you're managing 100-150 devices in a small business, you suddenly need multiple layers of switches, and then you have to get into campus networks, trunk groups, VLANs, etc. Then, you need segmentation between different levels. You have to utilize those additional capabilities and features more than you would for a dozen or so computers. You typically aren't going to create a bunch of VLANs, trunk groups, and multiple switches for a dozen computers. It doesn't make sense. I think under 250 people would technically be classified as a small business. However, when I say "small business," I mean 10-20 people physically working at a building. Still, the price is reasonable. I'd rate Aruba eight out of 10 for affordability. As a managed service provider, I also have access to discounts that help me manage costs better. As I own all the switches, so I keep adding people to the switches I own. Aruba has been good about providing a managed service provider discount to make it competitive. If they didn't, it would be kind of hard to justify spending $4,000 on these switches for a tiny business like a doctor's office.

SunilNair - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Information Technology at Al Falah University
Real User
May 22, 2022

Aruba Switches are cost-effective.

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Manager ITS at RTA
Real User
Top 20
Apr 25, 2022

Aruba's switches are priced significantly better than Cisco's. They're well placed in the market.

Network Delivery Lead at AT&T
Real User
Top 20
Apr 12, 2022

This is an affordable solution.

Network Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Mar 15, 2022

Cost-wise, you get some good savings as compared to Cisco.

System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Feb 16, 2022

Pricing for this product is reasonable.

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

I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.

Hossam Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Team Lead at ElSewedy Education
Top 5
Dec 29, 2020

The pricing is perfect.

IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 16, 2020

The product is a bit expensive.

Chief Information Officer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Dec 6, 2020

This is an expensive product, costing about double what most competitors do. I would like to keep Aruba as my infrastructure, but it costs a lot.

Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 30, 2020

The price point was a big consideration for us and it is reasonable enough that we're able to standardize on Aruba for the networking pieces in our organization. This also includes Wi-Fi and access points. Generally speaking, the price is good.

Network Architect & Pre-Sales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Sep 21, 2020

here are no licensing costs for the Aruba Switches. However, there are licensing costs for some of their other solutions.

Steven Adema - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Visolity B.V.
Sep 1, 2020

Price-wise, the product is a little expensive compared to the competition.

Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Aug 23, 2020

The price for Aruba is quite a bit cheaper than it is for similar products by Cisco.

Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jul 27, 2020

There are no licenses, you just purchase the switch. Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.

System Engineer at Neogenesis technical solutions
Jul 26, 2020

For Aruba, there is no licensing to deal with, and that's the best. For features or protocols, no licensing is ever needed.

Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jul 19, 2020

The price of these switches is high.

Network Security Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jun 28, 2020

Aruba switches are cheaper than Cisco for a similar feature set. The licensing costs are also cheaper than Cisco.

IT Director at a government
Real User
Nov 18, 2019

The pricing is decent. It's less expensive than Cisco.

AmrIssa - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Officer at mobica
Real User
Nov 13, 2019

This solution is not cheap and they don't have a plan to certify it as Cisco does. Cisco is a famous vendor with options for certification. Aruba does not have a certified license in ARC and CNV. Their certification is for the marketing of the device in Cisco. The license is annual. If you purchase a switch, you get a one-year free subscription. Aruba has better pricing than Cisco.

it_user1033941 - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
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.

Alfred_Pullicino - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Real User
Top 5
Oct 24, 2019

Licensing costs are on a yearly basis.

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Alfred_Pullicino - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Oct 24, 2019
In the next release, I would like to see network access control on the switches themselves. I would like to see security functionalities when it comes to monitoring the bit of the wireless section of the switches.
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 27, 2019
Visibility and controls need to be improved. When I compare the Aruba switch with Meraki, Meraki has more visibility and more controls. HPE Aruba has not done any development and research on the SD LAN. They may have another solution for the SD LAN. Aruba should have SD LAN features to provide more visibility on the network and to be able to control things like the traffic shifting or for voice or data. Currently, Aruba does not have this capability. It may be there, but it's tedious. In the next release or the very near future, I think that it is very important to simplify the dashboard and features similar to Meraki. Meraki has a good dashboard and the way they are presenting the information is very useful. I am forced to consider changing products because other solutions have a better dashboard and a user-friendly interface. Other solutions also have better control and visibility.
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