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"We have not had any issues with the product and its functions. It has been stable.""The most valuable features are stability, ease of management, and the monitoring tool.""The most valuable features are the stability and compatibility with other products.""We didn't experience any stability or scalability issues until now with Aruba Switches""All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them.""The solution has great open architecture.""They provide great service in terms of replacing malfunctioning switches.""The most valuable aspect for our organization is the CX. It's wonderful."

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"It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""These switches are not expensive and their configuration is very easy. You can provision them on the dashboard, then you just connect them to everything.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.""This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch.""It is easy to deploy, maintain, and update. It has been trouble-free so far. I am still a Cisco command-line bigot, but the web interface makes it a lot easier for our help desk to interact with a client. When the clients call in and say that they aren't able to connect, it takes the help desk 10 minutes or less to look at everything in the enterprise or location. They can look at the firewall, switches, or access points in the dashboard. That's why I like the dashboard.""We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community. With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected.""The most valuable feature is the ability to orchestrate the network from the cloud.""With Meraki, there is the advantage that you have dashboard access via the internet and you can work on it from anywhere."

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Cons
"We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to Fortiswitch because it has visibility.""I would say that the customization of the switches could be easier to configure.""They have limited CLI options in the UI and this is something that needs improvement.""It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module.""It's a little less convenient for more simplified management needs.""If you work for a small business, then Cisco would be best.""The element of security always can be improved. If the solution continues to improve its security functionality, it will continue to be a great product.""It's an expensive product."

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"Less flexibility than in some other solutions.""The solution does not fit all use cases.""The pain point for our customers is the pricing and it should be reduced to make it more competitive.""The throughputs, especially the throughput path, can be improved on the core switches. I think they should improve the throughput in the core switches to enable higher throughputs.""It would be good to include the command-line access someday.""I don't think that the cost is a problem, but sometimes the price requires convincing the customer of the value.""The scalability and integrative abilities with on-premises systems could stand improvement.""It can have better security. It needs more security enhancements, and in particular, a zero-trust element. If we could have external and internal users vetted in the same way as a zero-trust network, that will be handy."

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"There are no licensing costs for the Aruba Switches.""Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.""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.""It is expensive compared to the competition.""This is an expensive product, costing about double what most competitors do.""The product is a bit expensive.""The pricing is perfect.""I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors."

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"We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD.""I don't have an issue with the price of this solution.""The solution is a bit on the pricey side.""The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers.""The pricing is overvalued in relation to the product's performance.""We don't use standard licensing. Most of the time, we use the advanced security model. If there is a drawback to Meraki, it is the cost, but you also have to evaluate it based upon the other factors that you do get. Their support is really good; their hardware is really good. The ease of configuration and deployment is really good, but it is more expensive than most.""The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis.""When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: These switches have a good performance, and they are also quickly configurable.
Top Answer: I don't know the exact cost of the licensing, but based on what I have heard from my sales team, Aruba is affordable. Aruba switches are cheaper than the switches from Cisco and other vendors.
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
Top Answer: I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the equipment. Someone is paying for it. Someone has to be willing to pay the premium for… more »
Top Answer: Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or less money. For consistency and ease of use, Cisco is definitely better, but… more »
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Also Known As
8400 Series, 8320 Series, 5400R Series, 3810 Series, 2930M Series, 2930F Series, 2920 Series, 2540 Series, 2530 Series
MS220, MS320, MS420
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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.

The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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Sample Customers
Purdue University
Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
Top Industries
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Consumer Goods Company17%
Manufacturing Company17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company15%
Government6%
Construction Company5%
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Computer Software Company18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
Company Size
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Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise16%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Aruba Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 17 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 33 reviews. Aruba Switches is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. 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 Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". Aruba Switches is most compared with Juniper Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Juniper Ethernet Switches. See our Aruba Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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