Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches vs. HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9200 series of campus LAN switches.N/A
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Score 8.7 out of 10
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HPE offers Ethernet switches under the Aruba Networks product line.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Considered Both Products
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
We actually replaced various HP and Dell switches with the Cisco Catalyst line of switches with minimal fuss, but the enhanced capabilities are well worth the newer hardware we upgraded to. It also helps integrate with our Cisco Webex Teams and Cisco Meraki networking gear we …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
We have explored other switches like Aruba, Extreme, and Brocade, but nothing compares to the business case of Cisco equipment in an enterprise environment.
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Cisco is a better brand name with a long history of top tier features and excellent support.
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
We have piloted HPE Aruba Switches. We originally had HP Procurve switches that were limited on functionality, after piloting the Aruba switches we have concluded that we are happy with the Cisco switches.
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
The performance for Cisco Catalyst Switches is better and the knowledge is more vast.
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
If you are looking to just push some packets almost any switch will work but with the Cisco switches they bring more to the table, they can do things like 802.1x and phone VLANs where others can't or are designed to do more specific tasks. We picked Cisco for the fact this …
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Score 8.9 out of 10
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(55 ratings)
10.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.2
(3 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.4
(2 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesHPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are a good fit for access layer needs. Put them on the edge of your network and you will have what you need to connect a physical device to your network. I would not deploy them in places at the core of a network. They can be used in data centers as an edge connection device.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We manage a lot of public infrastructure and schools which
means we need reliable hardware that is easy to prep and install quickly due to
time constraints. The price is great as we must keep a close eye on our budget.


We use these switches in all types of situations and
configurations some are full SFP and others are ethernet but honestly the software
and hardware are great for our usage.
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Pros
Cisco
  • high forwarding // high forwarding
  • posee la capacidad de convertirse tambien en un WLC // Has the ability to become a WLC as well
  • posee puertos UPOE que pueden ser usados para varios dispositivos finales. // It has UPOE ports that can be used for multiple end user devices
  • capacidad de expansion con modulos adicionales // The ability to scale up/expand using additional modules
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • REST API capability
  • Wired & Wireless 802.1x configuration easiness
  • Wireless Access Points (APs) zero touch provisioning
  • Its high-end family (running the AOS-CX firmware) supports a virtualization technology called VSX (Virtual Switching Extension) which allows 2 switches to present itself as one virtualized switch under Layer 2, and as 2 separate routers under Layer 3; thereby providing high availability.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Que los precios sean mejorados para ser mas competitivos // More competitive prices/cost
  • Generar mas marketing y promocion de los nuevos equipos // Create more marketing and promotional features about new equipment
  • Liberar de licencias obligatorias en los equipos // Release obligatory licenses for businesses
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • I have had issues finding monitoring software that natively supports Provision/Aruba OS. Most are designed primarily with Cisco in mind.
  • HPE/Aruba switches have historically had issues with corrupt flash. This seems to be less common in more recent models.
  • HPE/Aruba's switching portfolio can be confusing. Some models run on the Aruba OS while some others run on Comware. There is some overlap in these model lines so at times is can be tough to tell which switch is right.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We have now bought 468 switches, and we will most likely continue using this series, because it is the switch that is the cheapest for our needs. Maybe for some specific use cases, we will use the Catalyst 9300 series. Because we are more pressed on manpower, that money, we stick with what works.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Usability
Cisco
These are very handy switches as they are easy to deploy / use and fulfill all needs related to access layer switches.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Haven't had an issue with these switches yet.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Performance
Cisco
Accessing resources is very fast. We were able to deploy computer images in half the time it would take with our old hardware.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Support Rating
Cisco
Not Applicable
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is a very good product, has almost all the feature you can need to access switches, a simple web GUI management, but not all can be configured from the GUI interface.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Very easy to port configurations and deploy.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
The functions on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are very responsive and its notification functions are very active and reliable in producing effective new updates on any detected data threats across the entire network flow even the network speed reports are easily presented by its alert functionalities and data analytics are impressive.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The HPE Aruba Switches are definitely easier to setup than Cisco Catalyst Switches. We prefer to have a managed interface, so the HPE Aruba Switches are a better option than most Netgear or D-Link switches. Compared to HPE Networking Switches, the Aruba models typically are cheaper and perform nearly as well
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Scalability
Cisco
I was able to deploy the switches to 10 Labs in less than a week by myself.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • The positive thing is that because it has a redundant power supply, you can have users staying on for all the time. If you have a power interruption or something and you have both power supply A and B, then you're option to, you don't need users to log off or they're being cut off because you have to replace something or do something.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Ease of deployment has cut back on labor hours.
  • Ease of management has allowed us to be more proactive to other potential issues that may occur on the network.
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