Favorite Network Switches 2020

By IPVM Team, Published on Aug 31, 2020

Cisco has long been the gorilla of network switches but would an upstart unseat them among security integrators?

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170+ integrators responded:

What is your favorite network switch manufacturer / brand? Why?

In this report, we share detailed findings, including trends and explanations of what and why integrators preferred what they did.

These 2020 statistics is the successor to our Favorite Network Switches 2017 and Favorite Network Switches 2015.

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***** ****, ***** ******** unchanged ***** ******** ****** 12 ********** ****** (**% to **%) *** ******* dropped ** **** (**** 16% ** *%), ** the ********** ***** *****:

***** ************ ******** (********** Networks, ********, ********, ***) fell ** **% **** 23% ** ****.

Cisco - **** *** ***** #*

***** ******** *** **** commonly ******** ************ ** 2020, *** ** *** same **** ** ****. The ******* ******* ***** were ***********, ********, *** brand ***********:

  • "***** ** ****** ******* it ** ***** *** reliable *** ****** * lifetime ********. **** ***** Axis ******* ** *** their ******** ***** **** have ******** ******** **** make ****** ****** * little ******."
  • "****** *** ***** *****-**** 28-Port ******* *** ******* Switches *** *** ****** network. **** *** ******** warranty **** * *** watt ***** ****** *** 2 **** ***** *** fiber."
  • "***** ********** ***********: ***** Rock ***** ******** *** ease ** *************. ***** warranty *** *******."
  • "***** *** ****** *** small ********. **** ***** and *** ***** *********. Dependable"
  • ** ****** *** ************* of ***** ********, **** their ********** ******* **'** been *********."
  • "*****, ******* ** ** what ** ********* ** the ************ ***** * work."
  • "***** ******** ***** ** products, **********, *** *** small ******* *********."
  • "*****, ******* *** ***** recognition. **** ** ** be ** **** **** With *******."
  • "*****. ****'** ********, **** people **** *** ********* know *** **."
  • "*****, **** **** * good ******* *** ******** support."
  • *****. ***** ** **** commonly ******** ** *********."
  • "*****. ***********, *******, ********, throughput."
  • "*******, **** *********** & good ***********."
  • "*****. ***** **** ************* requirement"
  • "***** *** - **** price *** ***** *******"
  • "*****. **** ****** *** reliability."
  • "****** / ******** ************"
  • "***** ******** ******"
  • "***** *** ** ***********"
  • "***** ***** ** **"
  • "***** - ***********"

*** **** *** ***** in ***** ************ ** Ubiquiti ******* *********** *** customer ********** ******** ** coronavirus ******* **-******* ** budgets ** ****** ************ becomes * ****** **** center.

Ubiquiti - #* *** **** **** ******* **** *********

*** ******* ******, ******** jumped ** *** ***** from *** ** ****. Integrators ******* ** **** of *************/********** *** *** price ** **** *******:

  • "** *** ******** *** most ********** ********. ** have *** *** ***** server *** *** ****** manage ************ ******** ********. I ** **** **** were **** ********* *** distribution ******."
  • "********. ** ** * lot ** ******** *** devices. *** **/** **** POE, *** **** ******** work **** **** *** us."
  • "******** ********** - * solid ***, ***** *, Managed ****** ***** **** well **** *** ******** Cloud *** **********, **** Access ****** *** ***** devices ** **** ******"
  • "******** ****** ** *** but ***** ********* ** you **** ** ** VLAN *** ****** *** also *** ** ** routing ** ********."
  • "** **** **** ***** Ubiquiti *** ****** ***. They *** *****, *** while **** **** ****** support, **** **** ****, and *** **** ** swap *** ** **** do **** ** *****."
  • "********, ** ****** * very ***** ****** ** sites *** ****** **** the ********** ********. ********** POE ** *****"
  • "******** - ***** *** performance, ********* *** ******* to ****** ********"
  • "******** ***** ******** *** the ******* **** ** use *** **********"
  • "******** - **** ********, affordable, *** **** ********** we ****."
  • "********. **** ******** ** an ****** ************ *****"
  • "******** *** **** ******** for ** *** **** to *********."
  • "********. ***** *********** *** the *****"
  • "******** ***** **** *** priced ****"
  • "********, **** ** *** good *****"
  • "********. **** **** *** the ****"
  • "******** *** ***********"

******* ****** - ****

****** **** ** *** responses ***** **** **** preferred ****** ************* ***** on ***** ** *** "cost-effective" ** *** *** them:

  • "**** ********* *** ** have *** ****** **** failures."
  • "**** ********, **********, *** does ********** ** ****."
  • "*** ** ***** ***** and ********** ******** ** other ****** *************"
  • "** ** **** *********, reliable *** ******* ** advanced ***************."
  • "**** *** **** ********* and **** ** *********."
  • "*** ***** ***** **** our ******* *******"
  • "**** ******** ** ** almost ************ *****"
  • "*** **** *** **** quality"
  • "******* ** ***** *****"
  • "******** *** ********** ******."
  • "***** **** *** ****** fair"
  • "*** **** *** ***********"
  • "***** **** *** ********"
  • "**** & **** ** setup"
  • "**** *********"

* ***** ****** ***** specific ******** ** ********** capabilities ** ******* *** their *********.

Second **** - *** / ******* / ********

***** ***** *** ******** there ** * ******** drop ** ********* ** 3 ************* **** **** generally ******** **** *********, but *** **** ****** quickly-growing ********; ***, *******, and ********.

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*** ******* ******** ** 10% ** ********** *********, with ****** ******* ***** of ********/*********, **** ** manage, *** **** *******:

  • "**** ** *** **** HPE ******** (**** ******) on ****** ************. *** are **** ****** *** value"
  • "** - **** ********* that ** "********** ******" but *** ***** ** snobby *** ***** ** as *****"
  • "***** ********. *****: *** switches ** - ********* Aruba **** ***: **** quality - **-***** *********"
  • "** - ** *****'* try ** **** ****** to ** ***** *** user ******* **** *****."
  • "** *****. ****** **** to ******* *** **** robust"
  • "*** *****, **** *** cost ********* *** **** to *********."
  • "***, *** *******, *** functionality, ******** ********."
  • "*** - **** ** manage *** **** *******"
  • "*** *****. ***** ********** Interface."

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******* **** *********** ********* in ****, *** *********** noted ******* *** ******** as ******* *** ***** preference:

  • "*******. ***** **** ** options *** **** *********. It's **** ****** ***** for ** **** *** years."
  • "******* ******* **** ******, Managed, **** ** ***, low/non-existent *******"
  • "******* * **** **** Lifetime ******** **** ******** I **** *****"
  • "******* - **** *****, quality *** ********."
  • "******* *** ********.*******. *****/***********"
  • "******* ******* ******** ***** & *****"
  • "*******. ***********. ********. ***-***** manufacture."
  • "******* ***-**** - **** & **** ** *****"
  • "*******, **** *** **** stable."

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***-**** ************ ******** ****** up ** *** ****** tier ** ******* *** HPE ****, *** *-**** failed ** ****. *********** noted *** **** *** reliability:

  • "********. **** ** **** evaluating ******** **** *** seemed ** ***** *** of *** ********. ** wanted ** ****** ** one *** **** ** troubleshooting *** **** ****** to *** *** ****."
  • "********. ******** ***** ** affordable ****** ** ********. I **** *** ***** amount ** ******** **** them."
  • "******** *** ******* *************. It ** **** *********, reliable *** ******* ** advanced ***************."
  • "********. *** ***** ***** fits *** ******* ******* and **** *** ******* available ******* *** ***********."
  • "******** *** **** *** reliability"
  • "********, *** **** *** good *******"
  • "********. *** *********"
  • "********. **********, ********"
  • "********, *****, ***********"

Future *******

** ***** ** **** that ** ****** **** lower-cost *********, ** ********** Ubiquiti, ** ******** ** increase ***** *****. ****** forward **** ***** ****** continue, ***** *****'* *********** of ****** *** *** significantly ******** *** ******** in ***** ************.

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** *** * *** of ******** *** **** really **** ** *** better ***** ********. *** power ****** ** *** main ******* ***** ** these ********. ** **** would ** ***** **** the ***** ****** ******* available *** ******** ** replace **** ***** **** Ubiquiti ** **** ****** solution.

** ******** **** ** to ******** **** **** ago *** **** **** happy **** ********. *** decision *** * ******* of **** *** **** of ***. ********'* ********* is * *** ********** (or ** ***** ***** better) **** *** ******. We ********* *** *** UniFi ****.

** ***'* *******, *******. I ***'* **** ****** to *** ** * UniFi ********** **********. ********* I **** **** ** set ** * ****** by ******, *** ** order ** ********* ** you **** ** ******* a ***** *** ** install *** ******** ** a ******** **-****. * mean, ***** *** ***** just *** *** ******** on * **********'* ******, but ** **** **** to *** *******.

*** ***** **** ******* me ***** ** *** Cisco ** ******** *******. Ubiquiti **** ***** ** so **** ****** ** update *******, ** *** requirement ** ********. **** click * *** ******* in *** *********. **** the ***** *************, *** better **** * **** reason ** ****** *** firmware.

**** ** ** #* beef **** ******** *** their *** ******* **** is *** *****. ** they ***** ********* **** we ***** ******** **** much **** ** ***** product!!

*** ********/******** ** **** has **** ** **** from ******** ******** ** far. * *** *** up ****** *** ****** and **** ***** ** anyway, ***** ** *** said, ********** ******** ** a ***** **, ** maybe *'** **** **** a ***** ******* **** and **** ** ******.

***** **** * **** to **** ** **** this ***** ***** **** to *** *** **** features **** *** ******. Give ** *** ******, I *** *** ****/******/*** individual *******, ** ********* them *** **** * controller.

*** *** ***** ********* looks ***** *******... ****, join *** **** **** of ***-*** *****... ** is **** ***********...

********, *** ********* *** a *** ***** *** us ******* *** ****** is ******** ** *** computer ****** (**) *** a ***** ** ***-******** persons. * ***** ** fine **** ***** ***, but ** *** ******** reason *'* **** ** on ********, * ****** something **** ****** ***** use ****.

**** ****, ** *** want *** *** *** that, *** ***** ******** use *** **** ****. It *****'* **** *** controller/cloud *** *****. *** can *** *** ** HTTP(S) **** ***'** **** to. *** ******** *** not ** ********** ** well ** ***** *** is, ******.

*** *** **** **** does **** ***** ***:**** - ******** ******* Management ******

** ***** *'** **** find * ***** ******* site *** **** ** myself.

* ****** * **** network **** ******* ****** multiple ***** *** *** controller ** ****** ** AWS. *** *** ****** of ******* ** ** it ***** ~$** * month.

* ****** * **** network **** ******* ****** multiple ***** *** *** controller ** ****** ** AWS. *** *** ****** of ******* ** ** it ***** ~$** * month.

*** *** **** *** challenges **** *** ******** rules ** **** ****? Do *** ******** ******** work **** **** ******** connections? *** *** *** connections **** ***** ****, or ** ***** (** some ***** ****** ********) supported?

** ** ******** *********** from *** ******* ** site ** *** ********** so ***** ** ** firewall ************* **** ***** to ** **** ******, but ***'** **** ** make **** ** **** down *** *** ********.

***, *** ************* ** encrypted - ** ** not *****, * ** not ******** **** ** used *** ** ****** into **** * ****** years *** **** ** migrated *** ********** ** the *****. ** * recall *** ******** ****** message ** *********** *** a ****** ********** *** is ********* *** **** device ****** ******** **** all ************* ***** **** is *********.

* ******* *** ********* would ***** ** **** IT *********** ** *** to ****** **********. **** if **** ***'* **** to ***** **** ******* rules ** *** ***********, you're ***** *** ****** to ****** *** ****** network (** "******** *******" in *******) **** ** the ******** ******* *** Internet ****** ** **** cases. ****'* ** * network ******** ******* *** any ** **********. ** could ** ****** ** some ****** **** *** ACL *****, *** *** would ** ********* *** hard ** ** ** get ** *********** ** do **** ****. ***** favorite ****** ** "** can't ** ****." **** you ******* *** ** can ** ****, **** their ****** ******** ****** is "** *******'* **** to ** ****", *** it's ** ****** ****** from *****.

**** **** (** **** by ************ *** *********** management/monitoring) *** *********** *** double *********. ******* - ******** – Ubiquiti ******** ******* *** Help ******

*** ***** *********** **** HP/Aruba ***** **** *** device, ********* ******** ** online *** ******* *** products ****, ****** $*******. I'm *** ************* **** response.

****, **** *** * few ***** ***, ** things *** **** ******* and * *** ** remembering *****. ****, * don't ***** ** *** Aruba. **** ** *** update ******* ****? *** you ****** **** ******** with * *** ******? When ** **** ***** it, * ***** ** had ** *** * USB *****.

**** **** ***** *******, but *'* **** ** end **** ** * just *** * *** stick.

** **** **** ********** one ****** ** * clients **** * ***** use **** ******** ** UNIFI ****** *** **** a ***** ****** ********** to ******* *** ****** to.

******** ******** ** **** and ***** ** *******. You *** **** **** most ****** ******** *** UNIFI ********** **** ** add ** **** ***** but **** *** ******* costs.

************ *** ** ***** managed ******* * ********** running **** *** **** is ***% ********. *** Ubiquiti ***** **** ** the ***** *** **** - ** **** ** you **** ** ***** 10 ****** ******* ** your *******.

*'** **** ********* *** software ** **** ** the **** ********* *** didn't **** **** ********. Once **** ***** *****-**** management ** ***** **, I ******* ******* *** controller ** * ***** VM **** * ******* years *** ** **** point *** ********* ****** backups. **** **** *****, I *** *** *** device ** *** *******, go ** ** *****, and *** *** ****** to *** ********** *** configure. *** ****** ***********, this *** ** **** off ****.

*** *** ***** ** this ******** ** *** switch ***** ****** ** the ***** ******. **** this ** ** *****, the **** ******** *** nice ** **** *** be ******* ******* ****, but **** **** **** a ** ******* ********* on **** ******. *** Edge ******** **** ***** more ************* **** ***** UI **** *** ***** line ****. * ******* both ***** ******** ******** from *** ***, *** I ****** ** *** need ** **** **** the *** *** ********* that *** ** ****** implemented ** *** **.

*** ****** ******* ** a *** ****** **** Ubiquiti **** **** **.

**** *******. ***** ***.

  • "***** ** ****** ******* it ** ***** *** reliable *** ****** * lifetime ********. **** ***** Axis ******* ** *** their ******** ***** **** have ******** ******** **** make ****** ****** * little ******."

*** ****** ****** ********* on ****? ** **** quite * *** ** SG ****** ******** *** might **** **** ******.

*********** **** ****** *** not **** **. * believe **** *** ** the **** ** ****** manufacturer ****.

****, *** * ***** they **** * **** time ****** *** **** form ******* **** ***** the ***** ******** ** what ******** ****: ** rack *******, *** ******* manageable *** *** ******** with *-****, **-**** *** 24-port *******.

* ***'* ******* **** no *** ** ***** tplink ********.

** ***** ********* ***** with **** **** * don't **** *****?

** ** *****, **** is ***** *** ******** so **** ******** *** be **** *** *** enough ***** *** ********. There **** **** ***** for ****** *** *** enough ** **** *** top * ********* ******.

********* **** **** *** found ********** ********. ****'** been *** **** ******* of *********** *** *****, lifetime ******** ****, *** very *********, ****** *** form ****** *** ********* you ***** ****, ** you *** ****** *********** the ****** *** *** with **** ***. **** also **** *** ***** nice ******** ****** **** like ******* *******, **** watchdogs, ***** ***********, *** you ***'* **** * controller ** * ******** key ** *** ***** features. **** **** ** they *** *** ******** found ** **** ** like ******* ** ********, which ******** *** ***** brother *****. ****, **** we ***** ***** ******* or ***** *** ****** a **** **** *** in **** ******, ** seemed ********* *** ****** companies ** ***** ***** the ** **********'* ********** of **, **** "***, these **** *** **** using ******** ***** ***** I *** ** ** house". ****? **. *******? Yes.

** **** ** **** Trenasty, ** ***** ** Transition ********.. *** *** reach ** **:

*****@**********.***** **** ***-***-****.

** ********** *** *********** to **** **** ********.

**** ***** *** ********* for ** ******* ******?

****************** *********** ******** (** ******) SFP *******.

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