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"The technical support is fantastic!""All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them.""It's a reliable product that you can depend on.""The solution's most valuable aspect is its monitoring capabilities.""We didn't experience any stability or scalability issues until now with Aruba Switches""The solution has great open architecture.""This is a very stable product with good performance.""The most valuable features are stability, ease of management, and the monitoring tool."

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"It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""The technical support has been very good.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support."

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Cons
"We would like to see centralized, cloud-based management.""I would prefer it if they reduced the cost of the switches and the access points.""It would be better and easier for us to buy if the price were reduced.""It's a little less convenient for more simplified management needs.""We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to Fortiswitch because it has visibility.""The need to come up with a bit more flexibility in their range of models.""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."

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"It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""The product could use more security related features.""Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""The security of the solution could be a bit better."

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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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  • "You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
  • "The price is good."
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.
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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.

    Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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    Sample Customers
    Purdue University
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Educational Organization15%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Large Enterprise17%
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    Aruba Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 18 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2. 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 - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". Aruba Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, NETGEAR Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Meraki MS Switches, NETGEAR Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.

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