Aruba strengthened its portfolio of Instant On switches for small and medium businesses with the introduction of the 1960 Series.
The last series is the second of the Instant activation product line. The 1960 series offers more bandwidth and scalability than the 1930 series, according to Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
Scalability is an important feature of the new products introduced this week. The 1960 hardware is stackable and can be managed online as a single device through the Instant On app. Cloud-based network management is a critical feature, given the limited IT resources of SMBs.
The 1960 series consists of five models, ranging in price from $ 899 for a 24-port switch to $ 2,299 for 48 ports. Like the rest of the Instant On portfolio, customers can configure and manage 1960 switches through the Instant On mobile app.
All of the latest switches include Class 6 Power over Ethernet (POE), allowing businesses to plug in webcams or Wi-Fi access points that require 60 watts or less.
“This is going to be ideal for organizations that have a slightly larger footprint, perhaps more connected devices,” said Brandon Butler, research manager for corporate networks at IDC. “I think of it as being for the most part small and medium enterprises [spectrum]. “
Aruba launches the new series in a crowded market. Companies ranging from Cisco To Ubiquiti To Netgear offer switches optimized for small businesses. Still, midsize companies that have already invested in the Aruba product suite and are looking to upgrade might prefer the 1960 series, Butler said.
Madelaine Millar is the Network Technology Editor at TechTarget. Previously, she wrote on science and technology for the Lincoln Laboratory at MIT and the Khoury College of Computer Science, and covered community news for Boston Globe Media. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2021 and is from Missoula, Mt.