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"The main features of the solution I have found to be the interface and unique features other solutions do not have. Additionally, they have a lifetime warranty on the hardware.""The solution is very, very stable.""The most valuable feature in HPE Ethernet Switches is programmability and analytics.""It is a scalable solution.""Stable and scalable.""The simplicity of the commands is most valuable. The commands are the same for several devices.""We have scaled it without any issues.""It's fairly lightweight, they don't require a lot of maintenance."

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"They're easy to update.""It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup.""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.""This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch.""With Meraki, there is the advantage that you have dashboard access via the internet and you can work on it from anywhere.""Meraki MS Switches have a very user-friendly dashboard and the policies are straightforward for sending them to the devices and blocking sites.""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."

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Cons
"They should continue to work on new features.""There is a limitation of capability.""The solution could improve by having more integration options.""The installation can be quite complex. However, that may not be the fault of HP and is rather more related to the way our infrastructure is arranged.""Configuration can be complex.""We haven't had any issues with this switch in the past 10 years. That's the reason we're still keeping them alive.""There is some improvement needed for the power supply of the solution.""The ability to stack, as well as a unified operating system, would be extremely beneficial."

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"Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks with full access, distribution, and core switch stack may find limiting.""The licensing model needs to be improved.""The biggest area that they fall short on is comparing the performance.""The traffic reporting should be better in Meraki MS Switches. We want to be able to see all the traffic and where it is going. Additionally, detailed device utilization information would be very helpful for the security personnel.""Less flexibility than in some other solutions.""It would be great if they can get the price down for small businesses.""This is quite an expensive solution.""The solution does not fit all use cases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is an expensive product."
  • "There are no licensing costs for this solution."
  • "The pricing is very good."
  • "The price is fair."
  • "They are affordable and less expensive than Cisco. Their price was the decider at the time."
  • "All the solutions have a license for the QSFP. Additionally, there is a one-time license fee to increase the interface speed."
  • "We need to pay when we buy the switch. We pay for a license to use the software, but it is not required."
  • "It is a more expensive solution."
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  • "The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers."
  • "We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD."
  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The most valuable feature in HPE Ethernet Switches is programmability and analytics.
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    There are no licensing fees, the price of the product is all that is required.
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    The solution could improve by having more integration options.
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    Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
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    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 »
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    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
    HP Ethernet Switches
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview

    HP has created the most open, integrated and software-defined networking portfolio and ecosystem of its kind – driving simplification with networks that understand, adapt to and protect your business applications in real-time. Only HP extends the momentum of software-defined networking everywhere–from the mobile edge to the heart of data centers.

    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
    Emirates Palace Hotel
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    University9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Construction Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    HPE Ethernet Switches is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 20 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews. HPE Ethernet Switches is rated 8.4, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE Ethernet Switches writes "Good management system, good support, and guaranteed for life". 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". HPE Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Huawei Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Arista Networks Platform. See our HPE Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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