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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching.The 9500 series also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

HPE Aruba Switches are a good cost-effective alternative to high-end switches. They offer management capabilities which allow the extra features that are necessary in a corporate environment in today's world. Depending on budget, they may still be too expensive for some users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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
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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
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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 9.6
Based on 7 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

The Catalyst 9400 was not out when we were looking at new core switches. We thought about using a Nexus 9k but neither were as good of a fit as the 9500. Between price and performance it was a no-brainer for us to look at the 9500. We have not nor in the future would we consider other brands for core switching.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

I think it compares very favorably against Cisco and others because it is much cheaper and doesn't require continued support costs.
Chris Hein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • These switches did require a purchase of the DNA license on top of standard switch licensing, even if the functions are no needed in the environment.
  • The increased SFP & QSFP connectivity enabled for faster processing within our compute environment. While the system is too new to quantify the value added in this, it undeniably will help with its ROI.
Daniel Aldridge | 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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