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2018-12-14T18:12:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with HPE Ethernet Switches?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with HPE Ethernet Switches.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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31 Answers
BM
Systems Engineer at Corporate System Supply
Reseller
Top 20
2022-08-09T14:42:18Z
09 August 22

The GUI still doesn't cover everything. The basic stuff can be done in the GUI, but you still need to use the CLI to implement the advanced features. That's the biggest complaint. Some things still need to be configured in the command line interface. I would rather not use the CLI for anything. I would also like to see a more centralized private management console for the series of devices. Most solutions are adopting centralized cloud-based management, but my client base believes cloud solutions are too insecure. You've got a few dozen switches, so it would be nice to have the ability to manage them on a "single pane of glass." Everybody's doing that in the cloud. They want to charge you for the cloud, and you have no idea who has access to your network. That creates another attack vector because the switches are always phoning home. They can be hijacked, but everybody thinks that's what they want because they can manage it from anywhere. They like the convenience. However, I've been in the business for a long time, so I know it's going to come back to haunt them. It's just a matter of time before it happens.

Hoang Nguyen Pham Duc - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Engineer at Elite Technologies Jsc
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-11T12:05:02Z
11 July 22

The solution could be more stable.

Kunle Oyetola - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Business at Zeta-Web Nigeria Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-06-06T09:45:57Z
06 June 22

The product could always use better technical support.

Kelem Birhane - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Manager at Ethio Telecom
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-12T18:37:34Z
12 April 22

It's not easy to find the devices. Companies often don't keep them in stock and only get them when there is a demand. It would be ideal if the product offered more security.

US
Senior Manager, Information Technology at a university with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-23T14:08:00Z
23 December 21

The only improvement I can think of is that it could be better with less updates.

JF
IT Manager at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-21T11:37:00Z
21 December 21

We haven't had any issues with this switch in the past 10 years. That's the reason we're still keeping them alive. The solution is deployed on-premise.

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KR
Senior Executive at a leisure / travel company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-20T14:35:00Z
20 December 21

They should continue to work on new features.

MM
Gerente de Sistemas at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-12-02T09:52:55Z
02 December 21

The solution could improve by having more integration options.

MR
IT Manager at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-28T17:58:46Z
28 October 21

In general, the web GUI, or web interface, requires improvement. Interface, and the ability to do things that are only possible through the command line, which seems pointless because there is no reason to have a command line for many of the functions. The ability to stack, as well as a unified operating system, would be extremely beneficial. It isn't there. They are budget switches.

Michelson RAJEMA - PeerSpot reviewer
System Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-03T09:03:24Z
03 July 21

The stability could be improved, and the price could be cheaper as well.

LS
Director of Information Technology at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-07T13:09:57Z
07 June 21

They should have more control tools for controlling the bandwidth. They should also have more reporting and alerts for downtime.

Giorgio Canarutto - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-05-20T16:03:21Z
20 May 21

VLAN can be improved, but I have to check that with the company expert. I have different switch models, but they don't have all the same interface. I don't know whether lower-level switches don't have the same interface as the better quality ones. I might have two different model types.

TX
IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-04-15T11:19:39Z
15 April 21

The solution could always improve its stability. It's pretty stable already, however. The solution is very comparable to Huawei, however, it could be more scalable. Huawei is easier to scale.

PT
IT PM at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-08T10:10:39Z
08 February 21

It would be better if they improve the implementation of SD-WAN. There could be improved automation as well.

TJ
Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2021-01-22T20:05:09Z
22 January 21

The solution is a bit expensive. The stability needs to be improved upon. It's not as good as it could be. The solution should offer more automation. It's not good compared to Cisco, or any other brand. The company needs to offer much better local support. Right now, it's not great in terms of technical support.

NL
Senior Project Manager, Special Projects at a media company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-01-11T13:35:51Z
11 January 21

There is a limitation of capability. To move to OpenFlow is very difficult. Also, there is a limitation with the team protocols. We had some issues with the dashboard. When we tried changing the PR or some parameters, it was not completely syncing. We had two different values passing through the dashboard once you pass through the command line.

RO
Team Lead Networks at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-11-13T13:05:15Z
13 November 20

We sometimes have issues with the stability of our POE switches. If there is any fluctuation in power then we will face an outage with our POE switches, so this is something that should be improved.

MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-08T07:25:00Z
08 October 20

I think this solution could be improved if the installation could be made more secure. From our point of view, HP could have SNMP product softwares that would allow us to track all the assets, and then to connect, to identify our equipment. There are options which would allow us to secure the equipment. I think with the enterprise solution, if it's HP, then there is a need to integrate it with an HP product for it to work. The only way to simplify this is with VLANs and then routing, and then let the systems take over when it comes to firewalls and other things. Implementation of those things would allow us to have tighter security.

NC
Head of System Engineers at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-09-09T06:28:57Z
09 September 20

It would be nice to be able to connect literally with firewall systems, that would be very helpful for us. Configuration could be improved, it is sometimes quite complex.

PK
CIO at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-08-30T08:33:00Z
30 August 20

We are satisfied with the set of features already on offer through HP. We don't want to improve anything and we don't need any other new features. The pricing could be better. The installation can be quite complex. However, that may not be the fault of HPE and is rather more related to the way our infrastructure is arranged.

SC
Owner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-08-27T10:31:43Z
27 August 20

Authentication and other security features are not easily satisfied using the lower-end switches. For better security, you need to implement enterprise-level hardware and software.

TW
Owner at ITL
Real User
2020-08-09T07:19:56Z
09 August 20

The UI on the web console needs improvement. The routing settings could be made easier to deploy. Technical support needs improvement, as the response time could be better. I would like to see this solution support SDN. It should have more SDN compatibility.

AG
IT Manager at a logistics company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-11-18T07:22:00Z
18 November 19

The quality of the service needs improvement.

Massimo Ciofi - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Manager at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-11-13T05:28:00Z
13 November 19

I am now using a new model because we had a problem with the speed, but the problem was with the network infrastructure, not with the HPE. We did not have the fiber backbone in our company. We need more support to fix simple issues. For example, to find a problem in the LAN or why the systems speed is slow. When we have a lot of clients on the system, we lose signal and have to restart our antenna. It would be better to be able to provide my number and have the information needed in regards to the equipment when a change is proposed. You will need the assistance of a technician because the implementation is not that easy. If you change your old equipment then it will be replaced but you have the same issues in five years' time because HPE does not have the equipment to solve my issues. In the next release, I would like to see technical support for simple issues and to simplify the implementation.

MelvynLee - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Cooperations at ESTRO
Real User
2019-11-04T06:14:00Z
04 November 19

In terms of product improvement, it's possible that the VLAN tagging could be improved, it's not that straightforward. But I can't really think of other improvements I'd like to see. Additional features that could be included in the next release could be the inclusion of further monitoring facilities.

FA
CIO at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-10-28T06:34:00Z
28 October 19

A lower price would be an improvement because we always want to reduce our costs.

SherifHanna - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director - CEO at AINSystems
Reseller
Top 20
2019-10-28T06:33:00Z
28 October 19

We have had some rare occasions with glitches, so the stability can be improved.

Jean-Pierre-Gerber - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineering Manager at pronet-engineering GmbH
Reseller
2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
24 October 19

Technical support needs improvement. Customer awareness, as in the availability of the products, needs to be improved through marketing or other information. Currently, we haven't seen any new switches and we don't know if there will be others. In the next release, I would like to see them include more features like the Aruba solution, to have more possibilities concerning the software design.

BA
IT Manager at a maritime company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-10-21T17:16:00Z
21 October 19

This solution needs to support software-defined networking. The management needs to be more open so that they can be easily managed using external software. I would like to see support for integration with hyper-converged solutions. For example, I would like to be able to manage these switches from VMware or from a Nutanix platform. They need a new way to manage the access control system. They do have a solution for this, but it is very complicated and not suitable for the SMBs. It may be fine for large enterprises, but not for small companies.

AB
CIO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
2019-10-21T17:16:00Z
21 October 19

The interface is old in appearance and needs to be modernized. I would like to see better URL filters and security. It would be helpful to have training available for this solution.

MR
IT Manager at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
2018-12-14T18:12:00Z
14 December 18

It would be nice to have a common OS across models so that they could be managed together. But that is more in line with higher production equipment.

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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 09, 2022
Hi, 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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Jean-Pierre-Gerber - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineering Manager at pronet-engineering GmbH
24 October 19
There is no license for this solution. We need a license for having a management solution, but the switch does not need a license. There are free software updates and there is a lifetime warranty for a few of the switch series. If a customer has an issue with a switch and has to return to HPE, they can have it replaced within thirty days. To our customers, we offer a contract service to have an exchange within the next day.
SherifHanna - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director - CEO at AINSystems
28 October 19
Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.
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