HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches vs. HPE FlexFabric

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Score 8.8 out of 10
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HPE offers Ethernet switches under the Aruba Networks product line.N/A
HPE FlexFabric
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) offers the FlexFabric product line of data center networking equipment.N/A
Pricing
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Free Trial
NoNo
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
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Considered Both Products
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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HPE FlexFabric
Chose HPE FlexFabric
Aruba line cannot compete with the HPE FlexFabric, we got nowhere close to the performance when using the Aruba and the Aruba had a couple fan failures.
Chose HPE FlexFabric
Compared to Cisco, HPE was easier to get support contracts and customer service was far more helpful. Aruba is part of HP but the Aruba line cannot stack up to the Flexfabric in a high-performance data center environment.
Chose HPE FlexFabric
Compared to the competition, FlexFabric products are easy to describe to the customer and post-sales management is simple.
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.2 out of 10
Dell PowerConnect Switches
Dell PowerConnect Switches
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(10 ratings)
8.8
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesHPE FlexFabric
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The switch is intuitive and very simple to configure so I would recommend it to anyone for their data center. It allows for someone who might just be a server expert and not a switching expert to have a far simpler time than would normally be expected.
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Pros
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • SCSI support.
  • No additional license to unlock features.
  • High availability.
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Cons
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Consistent upgrades and updates considering the breaches spreading in the network.
  • Interoperability with third party software.
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Support Rating
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Alternatives Considered
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE FlexNetwork 5510 HI delivers outstanding resiliency, security, and multiservice support while Aruba is more suitable for mobile network support
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Return on Investment
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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Performs well under stress, it is the core of our data center for over 3 years without any failures.
  • Simplified our topology in our data center.
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