HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches vs. Ruckus ICX Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Ruckus ICX Switches
Score 9.7 out of 10
N/A
Ruckus acquired the ICX series of campus switches, and in turn Ruckus was acquired by ARRIS in December 2017.
$835
Pricing
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX Switches
Editions & Modules
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Compact Switch
$835.00
Port Switch
$1,000.00
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX Switches
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX Switches
Considered Both Products
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Chose HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
HPE switches are much more cost-effective than Cisco and others with a much more gentle learning curve. Aruba switches can be implemented by users with very little networking experience.
Ruckus ICX Switches
Chose Ruckus ICX Switches
Ruckus outperformed other vendors, especially those priced higher than ruckus. The performance for the cost allows for a longer reliable use over other vendors evaluated.
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HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX 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 Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(10 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(6 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesRuckus ICX Switches
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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ARRIS
I love this switch for access and aggregate, especially due to the lack of needing reboots. [Other systems require this] reliable and stable platform.
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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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ARRIS
  • They are relatively easy to configure and to maintain.
  • They have all of the high-end configuration capabilities as Cisco switches.
  • The switches have excellent performance and reliability.
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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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ARRIS
  • Licensing for the 10GB ports is a bit pricey, but that was 5 years ago, so things may have changed
  • The CLI commands are slightly different than typical Cisco commands
  • Their rack mounting was not the prettiest in the world
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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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ARRIS
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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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ARRIS
The switching holds up well against HP, Extreme, Juniper, et. al at the edge. Cost is also a huge factor, and played a part in the purchase. Not just for the switches themselves, but also optics can be purchased at a discount. Service delivery has been fantastic, and in 3 years I've not had to replace any of the brocade switches I've purchased.
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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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ARRIS
  • Equipment just runs
  • Sometimes past EOL/EOS
  • Firmwares just work
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