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Cisco Nexus

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus switches are designed for data center environments or other environments that require high bandwidth switching. This includes mainly server connections with many virtual machines residing on them, fabric channel of ethernet[,] or something similar. Nexus is not suited for user switches, WAN switches, or other switches that don't need a lot of processing power.
Anonymous | 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 Nexus

  • These switches are easily programmable. If you are looking at SDN but aren't quite there yet, this switch line is a great starting point. They support DevOps tools, which make automation extremely quick and efficient.
  • There are so many options in this product line, making Nexus a great switch for pretty much any deployment. You can stack switches or use the modular switch, whatever fits your need.
  • These switches support VXLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant network environment, and is perfect for cloud services.
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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 Nexus

  • If you are on the wrong code it can be buggy
  • When deploying, one switch was bricked (dead) during an upgrade of the NX-OS, and had to be replaced
  • If you are not familiar with NX-OS it can be difficult to configure
  • They lack some of the functionality that the Nexus 9k has
Anonymous | 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 Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its perfect
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Usability

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 7.6
Based on 3 answers
In our environment (and especially during COVID and the Work From Home era), I would really like our network devices to be more resilient [against} errors in remote configuration. Having a standard, easy to use, configure, commit/deploy, rollback system should be installed, but it's not there. Other companies have been providing this for over 20 years, and Cisco does this on some of their devices. Why not all?
Collin Lichtenberger | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Our network is very well design. Any components or device failure. Doesn't affect network availability
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HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Performance

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 9.7
Based on 3 answers
These switches are very fast. They've been designed to work within the data center. We connect them to Cisco UCS-B Mini servers with the storage being directly attached. They are able to handle the data traffic pretty easily. We can also move servers pretty fast from data center to data center without overloading them. This has allowed our company to stay running during any kind of conditional outage. We have come to really rely on them for business continuity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.4
Based on 9 answers
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Cisco support is really good at being quick with their replies until they discover it's not a "network-down emergency." They start by immediately responding to your e-mails & inquiries, and the minute they discover that it's not a huge deal the tech-support employee "goes on vacation," defers you to someone else, and that person immediately takes three days to answer any e-mails... and then he just asks for different outputs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches 9.5
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

In-Person Training

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Trainer didn't has good handon experience.. he was bookish trainer.
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HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Online Training

Cisco Nexus

Never had it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Implementation Rating

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 2 answers
MPBGP VXLAN fabirc was implemented with multi vrf bgp over external links to our IP core
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Nexus

Extreme is an excellent edge networking device. We have not evaluated Cisco Nexus core networking versus Extreme for core networking yet. We expect to compare them soon. However, at this time, we have not had the need to try and replace the Cisco Nexus because of it's incredible reliability. I expect Cisco Nexus to stand up well to comparison.
Justin Czachor | 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

Scalability

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 9.6
Based on 2 answers
The Nexus 3000 series switches are data center switches, so I would say they have similar security ability to other switches in this segment. I don't have a lot of experience doing more than basic ACL security on switches, but I know these can be integrated into other security solutions like Cisco ISE and 802.1x authentication. It could also be integrated into an ACI solution to add micro segmentation, which would bring in other security functions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Nexus

  • We have been very successful with network uptime
  • It's has always met our future needs to date when adding new data center hardware
  • We have had these for almost 5 years and it still has support available to ensure maximum ROI before we need to regreen it
Anonymous | 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 Nexus

General

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

Cisco Nexus Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$49.00
Maximum Price$200,000.00
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    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    General

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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

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