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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

We moved from a Nexus 5k to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches. They served our needs better than the Nexus 5k and were much easier to use. I would say if you had heavy data center needs you would still need to look at a Nexus series but if you want an all-around great performing Campus switch, this is the one to look at. In my case, I didn't need high port density but did need the performance so it was a great fit for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

The cost, simplicity of use, lifetime hardware warranty and wide range of models make HPE Aruba a great fit nearly anywhere. HPE really stands by their switches with the lifetime hardware warranty. Once an issue is deemed to be hardware related I can expect to have a replacement very quickly. Usually, when I get a replacement it will be on my desk the next day.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • It supports programmability
  • It supports 10, 40, 100 Gig interfaces
  • It can be used as fusion router in the SDA deployment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

  • You can make Stack. That is how we use them, using stacking cables to connect up to 4 devices in our case.
  • Better OS than old HP series.
  • Great GUI if you don't like the CLI.
  • They support 2 power supplies for redundancy
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Licensing needs to get fixed, too many options.
  • Make software updates easier.
  • Make the virtual chassis bigger.
  • Support third party optics without having to get traceback errors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

  • They can enhance the cli a little bit more
  • Need to fix SNMPv3 to send more information instead of syslog type messages
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches 9.5
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco has a large portfolio and variety of products, especially with switches and routers. Although Cisco has been a leader for this hardware for several years these kinds of things give the customer trust. Cisco has done a good job versus competitor. Cisco's switches are very reliable and stable. Competitors don’t have the same products.
Orlando Rosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Cisco Switches are build to last forever however they are more expensive to purchase. HP Switches work well the fans do go out from time to time which will cause the switch to fail. Aruba Switches are priced right and have software and hardware improvements over HP.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Help me with the network connectivity between areas.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between the user and each other.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between users and DC.
girgis hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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