Cat2960-X vs. Aruba 2930F vs. Aruba 2920

The simple comparison shows you the main differences among popular Catalyst 2960-X, Aruba 2930F, Aruba 2920.

Competitive Comparison: Cat2960-X vs. Aruba 2930F vs. Aruba 2920
Feature Cisco Catalyst 2960-X LAN Base Aruba 2930F Aruba 2920
IPv4 Routes 2K 10K 2K
Forwarding capacity 108 Gbps 56Gbps –176Gbps 128-176 Gbps
Throughput 68.5–130.9 Mpps 41–112 Mpps 95.2-130.9 Mpps
1GbE/10GbE Uplinks Fixed: 2 x 10GbE SFP+ or 4 x SFP Fixed: 4 x 10GbE SFP+ or 4 x 1GbE SFP Modular: up to 4 x 10GbE (SFP+ or 10GBASE-T)
10GBASE-T No No Yes
PoE/PoE+ Fixed: power supply up to 740 W internal Fixed: power supply up to 370 W internal Modular: up to 740 internal; up to 1440W with EPS
MAC Addresses 16K 32K 32K
Stacking Up to 8 switches/stack with 40 Gbps per link for 80 Gbps per module No Up to 4 Switches/stack with 40

Gbps per link, up to 80 Gbps per

module

SDN No OpenFlow OpenFlow
Warranty Enhanced Lifetime Limited Lifetime Limited Lifetime

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Comparison between 2930F and 2920 PoE+ Switches
  ARUBA 2930F-48G – PoE+ Switch (JL256A) HP 2920-48G –PoE+ (J9729A) ARUBA 2930F-24G– PoE+ Switch (J9729A) HP 2920-24G–PoE+ Switch (J9726A)
Rack Units 1U 1U 1U 1U
Gig RJ-45 ports 48 44, 4 Dual personality 24 22, 4 Dual personality
10Gig Ports 4(SFP+) 4 using 2 port Modules 4(SFP+) 4 using 2 port modules
10Gig Modules NA 2p SFP+ module 2p10GBaseT module NA 2p SFP+ module 2p 10GBaseT module
Stacking ports NA 2 port module (optional) NA 2 port module (optional)
Console Port RJ-45, USB micro-B RJ-45, USB micro-B RJ-45, USB micro-B RJ-45, USB micro-B
Auxiliary USB Port NA Yes (front) NA Yes (front)
Out-of-Band Mgmt Port NA Yes NA Yes
Removable Power Supply NA Yes (Shipped with the switch) NA Yes (Shipped with the switch)
RPS/EPS support NA Yes NA Yes
PoE/PoE+ PoE/PoE+ PoE/PoE+ PoE/PoE+ PoE/PoE+
PoE/PoE+ Power 370W @ 100-127V

370W @ 200-240V

Up to 1440W 370W @ 100-127V

370W @ 200-240V

Up to 1440W
Key differences:
  • The 2920 provides for 2 optional 10Gig modules of either 2 port SFP+ module or 2 port 10GBase-T module. The 2930F provides for 4 optional 10Gig SFP+ or 1Gig SFP Ports.
  • The 2920 provides for an optional 2 port high-performance stacking module. The 2930 does not supports stacking (VSF for front plane stacking will be added by end of 2016 or early 2017).
  • The 2920 has front facing Auxiliary Port for transferring software images and switch configuration files. The 2930F does not have AUX port.
  • The 2920 has a front facing Out-of-Band Management (OOBM) port for administration. The 2930F does not have an OOBM port.
  • The 2920 has a removable Power Supply. The 2930F has a fixed Power Supply. In the unlikely event of a Power Supply failure, the Power Supply in the 2920 can be replaced on-site. Whereas, the entire 2930F switch would need to be replaced.

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