Experience with HP switches

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Does anyone have recent experience with HP enterprise class switches?

The organization I work for is looking at buying new hardware and they are considering Cisco, HP and Extreme.

Most of my experience is with Cisco equipment, but I've worked with Extreme before and I have a pretty solid opinion.  But I have never worked with HP, except for the old procurve switches which were garbage.

Any opinion is welcome.

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Posted 4 years ago

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Ryan Mathews, Alum

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Glad to see your considering Extreme Frank.  

This community is biased towards purple, so we like your opinion of the HP procurve line!

Is there anything we can help you with around your evaluation of Extreme?
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Green and purple- two of my favorite colors ;-)

Really what I'm looking for are HP weaknesses.   I know what Extreme can do- not just from a solutions point of view, but also from an operations point of view.   I know the old Procurves had extremely limited tools for troubleshooting- no real debug, couldn't telnet to specific port numbers for testing up to layer 4, etc.

I know nothing about the newer HP, especially the comware-based OS.

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Thanks Frank.  Great to see your purple passion!  Let me see if we can get you some information on this.
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The H3C or Comware based switches have a much different interface then the ProCurve line, close the Cisco interface but still different enough to almost have to learn a new switch CLI.  Comware does have more troubleshooting and debug features.
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Thanks Kevin.  I confess, that's not what I wanted to hear, but I appreciate the input!