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Pros
"Aruba Central is very valuable to us.""The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful.""The most valuable feature is the security that these switches provide.""The solution has great open architecture.""It's a reliable product that you can depend on.""We didn't experience any stability or scalability issues until now with Aruba Switches""This is a very stable product with good performance.""We have not had any issues with the product and its functions. It has been stable."

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"It integrates well.""A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.""We are able to monitor everything that is happening on our network.""The solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies.""Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration.""The interface is very straightforward."

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"The dashboard could be improved, especially for the CX Switches. It would help to push scripts and configurations via an easy to use dashboard, one which would give us complete visibility of all of our switches in one place. Right now, we have more than one dashboard for Aruba. It would be nice if it was centralized.""I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points.""The log viewer should be improved.""We had an issue with the hardware where one or two interfaces went down after one and a half years. This issue impacted only one or two interfaces, not the whole hardware.""If you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best.""The command-line interface could be easier to use, perhaps having voice control.""The need to come up with a bit more flexibility in their range of models.""They have limited CLI options in the UI and this is something that needs improvement."

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"Before using FortiSwitch, you need several certifications.""The FortiSwitch product was initially quite complex.""Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines.""When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably.""The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now.""The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large.""FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move or touch the diagram.""We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of these switches is high."
  • "Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product."
  • "The price for Aruba is quite a bit cheaper than it is for similar products by Cisco."
  • "It is expensive compared to the competition."
  • "There are no licensing costs for the Aruba Switches."
  • "The price point was a big consideration for us and it is reasonable enough that we're able to standardize on Aruba for the networking pieces in our organization."
  • "This is an expensive product, costing about double what most competitors do."
  • "The product is a bit expensive."
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  • "Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco."
  • "This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."
  • "It is reasonably priced."
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    We use them for our Core- and Access Switches in a twin datacenter Solution . Also we use them for Core, Access and Top of Rack switches for our customers
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    A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.
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    It would be great were FortiGate to allow for the management of many switches, such as 50 or 60 FortiSwitches. The managed display is very low. It takes a long time for the view to become visible, two… more »
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    8400 Series, 8320 Series, 5400R Series, 3810 Series, 2930M Series, 2930F Series, 2920 Series, 2540 Series, 2530 Series
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    Overview

    Aruba switches bring performance and reliability to the mobile-first campus. These industry-leading switches are scalable, secure, and feature HPE Smart Rate multi-gigabit ports for high-speed connectivity.

    With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

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    Purdue University
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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    Manufacturing Company15%
    Educational Organization15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Government5%
    Wholesaler/Distributor4%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Aruba Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 18 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 15th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Aruba Switches writes "Reasonably-priced and easy to manage from a central location". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good visibility, a seamless connection with FortiGate and very easy to configure". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, NETGEAR Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center report.

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