Episode 95: Cisco vs. Aruba — Network Visibility

Examining Aruba’s Spectrum Analyzer Claims. See a technical side-by-side comparison of the Cisco CleanAir proactive spectrum management solution and Aruba Networks’ RFProtect analysis tool. Discover ways that Aruba’s spectrum analysis tool may fail to mitigate RF interference, with the potential to reduce enterprise productivity.
The time has come for mainstream spectrum management, and IT managers need to understand the truth behind vendor marketing claims. Cisco CleanAir technology uses silicon-level intelligence to create a spectrum-aware, self-healing and self-optimizing wireless network that mitigates the effectsof wireless interference and offers performance protection for 802.11n networks. Attend a workshop to learn more: http://bit.ly/Me3RCv.

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  1. Aruba with clearpass is hands down a winner I have never seen anything from
    Cisco that even comes close to what can be done with a clearpass appliance.
    This video is really old. 

  2. So I have about 500 Cisco AP’s deployed, mostly older but some newer. I
    also have about 200 Aruba AP’s deployed. My in-field experience…. Aruba
    is much simpler to deploy and manage. Aruba has an integrated virtual
    controller in every 225 IAP. This means that when one AP dies, another will
    pickup the controller role, sort of a roaming controller with a static IP
    that moves with it. Our Cisco system uses hardware controllers that are
    $$$$ very expensive, on top of the cost of the AP. A few pluses for
    Aruba… the AP’s are lifetime warranty. The support response is better
    than Cisco support. The level of knowledge about the product is about the
    same on both sides though. The Aruba 225 AP’s have integrated 802.11ac.
    Cisco can be upgraded by purchasing and attaching a hardare module. Our
    cost for theAruba AP’s was roughly half the cost of Cisco’s most comparable
    model. Cisco is a good product if you got a ton of money to invest in the
    system but Aruba is just as good with the added advantage of reduced cost
    and management. I litterally setup the virtual controller in about 15
    minutes, after that, each AP that is plugged in will pickup its config from
    the virtual controller. I have updated the firmware in 100 AP deployments
    in 10 minutes. You update the virtual controller and then the others will
    automatically update their firmware from the virtual controller. I would
    add on Aruba Clearpass and Airwave virtual appliances or physical servers
    for enterprise deployments though. I love Cisco switches but their wireless
    has been a management headache and expensive to maintain. I have replaced
    over 100 Cisco AP’s in our 500 AP deployment over the years and each one
    costs about $700 – $800 for the mid-range AP. Thats why I love Aruba’s
    lifetime warranty! 

  3. first and last time i’ll watch ‘TechWiseTV’. I would appreciated facts on
    why Cisco is better and remove all the slamming comments that are obviously
    planned and some are “incomplete” opinions. If you want a head to head
    comparison between vendors have a non vendor technologist perform the
    comparison OR better bring in each vendor. This was a joke to me as a
    customer of Cisco, Aruba, and Rukus wireless devices.

  4. Interesting that their sociability example uses one of Aruba’s mid-range
    controllers in comparison to Cisco’s high end. I’m undecided in the whole
    Cisco / Aruba debate. This rubbed me the wrong way with its blatantly
    obvious one-sided examples.Bad form…

  5. Ha, good ‘ol JR! “My gawd, my gawd, my gawd! It’s a slobberknocker!” So,
    where is the pricing comparison? Funny, I checked out Cisco vs Aruba back
    in 2009, and Cisco just flat out couldn’t do what Aruba could do. And the
    TOTAL cost of the Aruba solution was cheaper than just purchasing the
    required controllers and back-end equipment from Cisco….not even
    including a single AP!

  6. you know why!! try to test set your cisco in wireless b and then test
    connectivity HDTV, voice and data at the same time and your cisco will >>
    request timeout but in ruckus the connection works well without any timeout.

  7. is there any relevance connect with canary Aura? blue? And the
    TorchBrowserSytems? Chrome Intigration?.

  8. signal jammers can also be used as carrier ot umm an available free trunk
    line to?.. side band ? an stuff.. c/w cheese

  9. This is crazy funny. Cisco feels the heat and goes on the offensive. And
    they try to play this off as objective. Where the heck is the Aruba rep?

  10. That’s nice. Sylvia is now working for Aruba 😀
    /watch?v=-zJr88lLIH8&list=UUBqljIC71OlVqXxtEbE43vg Why she left Cisco?

  11. oh really? do you really are talking about 802.11b ? nobody cares about it
    anymore , people uses 802.11n these days… Custumers need strong vendors,
    like cisco, with a lot of support and big list of devices, from routing and
    switching, to security, wireless and datacenter. Aruba, Ruckus… – not
    good to go.

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