HPE Aruba Instant On 1960 24G 2XGT 2SFP+ Switch Power Consumption
In terms of power consumption, we saw relatively low power. When we had the device completely idle, we saw under 10W, down slightly from 12W we saw on the 48-port version. Aruba’s spec sheet says 60-80W at idle based on the input voltage. Our sense is that is likely with a full set of optics and connected devices which is different from how we test idle.
Overall, this is a very lightweight unit in terms of power consumption.
HPE Aruba Instant On 1960 24G 2XGT 2SFP+ Switch Pricing and Market Analysis
In terms of pricing, the Aruba Instant On 1960 series is positioned in an interesting space. The pricing is all-in so there are no extra licenses and no fees for cloud management. The list price is $800, but we have seen street pricing with discounts of 15-25% so we think that one will be able to get this switch for well under $700 via a quick Google search.
With that, the pricing is very attractive versus competitors like Cisco, Netgear, and other traditional SMB players, especially once those extra costs are factored in. On the other hand, players like Ubiquiti and smaller SMB vendors like MikroTik have much more attractive pricing on this class of switch. There are certainly going to be vendor preferences involved, and if you are at a company that already uses Aruba, then this may be the logical choice. Aruba certainly has a premium product that feels more polished than a MikroTik (and even Netgear) but it is also at a discount to some of the other large vendors.
Still, the 24-port market with 10GbE and some GUI management is very crowded so we expect this to come under more pricing pressure in the future.
Overall, we think Aruba has done a great job with the Instant On 1960 series. The 24-port version is awesome with passive cooling. That makes this switch easier to deploy. At the same time, we have seen many fanless 24-port plus 10GbE switches over the years.
HPE Aruba is a much larger vendor than some of the smaller SMB vendors that offer lower-cost products, so there are companies that will gravitate to the solution just based on name brand. We do wish that these switches included a bit more of a forward-thinking feature set. These are still 1GbE units, not 2.5GbE. That was a missed opportunity for this line.
Now that we have reviewed two of the switches in this line, we feel that HPE Aruba did a great job on the switches. Having nice hardware, software, and all-in pricing means that the overall package is easy to understand and works well.