Competitive Switching Comparison: Aruba 3810M vs. Cisco 3850 vs. Huawei S5720-HI

All of Aruba 3810M switches, Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches and Huawei S5720-HI switches occupy a certain market. They are multigigabit switches with 40Gbps uplink....

  • What are their differences? Let’s compare.

    Aruba 3810M switches Overview

    The Aruba 3810 Switch Series is an industry-leading mobile campus access solution for enterprises, SMBs, and branch office networks. With HPE Smart Rate multi-gigabit ports for high-speed IEEE 802.11ac devices, the Aruba 3810 will prepare your network for tomorrow.

    Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches Overview

    Stackable Catalyst 3850 Series multigigabit and 10-Gbps network switches give you wired and wireless together so you can scale up and protect your investments. This convergence is built on the resilience of the new, 480 Gbps Cisco StackWise and Cisco StackPower technologies.

    There are more than 30 models available in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch family: Catalyst 3850 with LAN Base, Catalyst 3850 with IP Base, Catalyst 3850 with IP Services ; 3850 Series MultiGigabit Switches, 3850 Series 10G SFP+ Switches

    Customers need to purchase the IP Base software model or the IP Services software model in order to use a Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch as a wireless controller. LAN Base models require the purchase of a StackPower cable separately to enable StackPower functionality. All models include Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW).

    Huawei S5720-HI switches Overview

    Huawei S5720-HI series switches are advanced gigabit Ethernet switches that provide various agile features. The switches are developed based on Huawei Versatile Routing Platform (VRP) and use the software-defined structure to implement service change on demand. With services and network convergence as the core, the switches provide the free mobility function to ensure consistent user experience.

    Aruba 3810M vs. Cisco 3850 vs. Huawei S5720-HI

    Table 1 shows the comparison.


    Cisco Catalyst 3850

    Aruba 3810M

    Huawei S5720-HI

    Number of Ports

    24/48, 40GE Uplink

    24/48, 16 SFP+, 1-2 module

    32/48 w/ 4SFP+


    GE/10GE, 40GE Uplink, mGig

    GE/10GE, 40GE Uplink, SmartRate



    PoE, PoE+, UPoE







    L2 or L3

    L3, Dynamic, MPLS

    L3, Dynamic

    L3, Dynamic, MPLS

    Flexible NetFlow




    WLC Controller