Comparing Aruba 6000 and 6100 Netwok Switches: Which One is Right for You?

Both the Aruba CX 6000 switch series and the CX 6100 series are Aruba's newest additions to its entry-level access layer solutions product lineup, designed as direct replacements for Aruba's popular 2530 switches and 2540 switches, respectively.

The CX 6000 and CX 6100 switches share many similar features and capabilities, but there are also important differences between the two.

So, which between the two switch series is the right choice for you? Obviously, the answer would depend on your business's unique needs and other factors. However, to help you make a better-informed decision, in this post, we'll discuss the key differences between the Aruba CX 6000 and CX 6100, their ideal use cases, and why you should choose one over the other for your business.

Aruba CX 6000 Switch Series: Overview

The Aruba CX 6000 Switch Series is a direct replacement for the Aruba 2530, which is Aruba’s entry-level Layer 2 access switch with a 1Gb uplink. The CX 6000 switch series is ideal for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as branch offices of larger companies, providing smaller organizations a cost-effective option for secure and reliable wired network connectivity.

The table below will showcase the key features of the Aruba CX 6000, as well as the key differences/upgrades from its predecessor Aruba 2530.


Feature

Aruba CX 6000

Aruba CX 2530

Deployment

Access switch

Access switch

Services

Layer 2, static routing enabled

Layer 2

Network Operating System

AOS-CX (cloud-native) 

AOS-Switch

1Gb Uplinks

4

2 or 4

Downlinks

12, 24, 48 GbE ports

8, 24, 48 GbE ports

PoE - 8/12 port

139W

67W

PoE  - 24 port

195W

370W

PoE - 48 port

370W

370W

Access Control Lists (ACLs)

IPv4, IPv6, VLAN, MAC

IPv4, IPv6, VLAN

Programmability

REST APIs complete integration

none

CLI

Yes

Yes

Web GUI

Yes

Yes

Advanced Configuration

Aruba Central Multi-editor; Aruba NetEdit

none

Cloud-based management

Aruba Central with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for native central support

Aruba Central

Licensing and Subscription

No software licensing or subscription required

No software licensing or subscription required

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

Limited lifetime warranty


Key Highlights of the Aruba CX 6000

  • Robust QoS and static routing and support for ACLs, versatile and powerful enterprise-class Layer 2 switch that is also affordable
  • Easy deployment with Zero Touch Provisioning
  • Powerful class 4 PoE (up to 370W), providing support for access points, client,and IoT devices
  • Built-in 1GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) SFP and copper uplinks
  • Compact and fan-less 12 port models available for deployments in smaller environments
  • Versatile control and management with Aruba Central, intuitive CLI, Web GUI, and Aruba NetEdit
  • Programmability with REST APIs
  • Aruba’s colorless ports for simpler configuration and modification. All ports will have the same configuration (colorless) and will return the appropriate VLAN/role based on the device type connected.

The Aruba CX 6000 is a reliable, cost-effective, and secure solution built to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. With built-in 1GbE uplinks and up to 370W of class 4 PoE, the Aruba CX 6000 is also ready to connect and power IoT devices in fully-integrated IoT deployments.

Aruba CX 6100 Switch Series: Overview

If the CX 6000 is a replacement for the Aruba 2530 switch series, the Aruba CX 6100 is the direct replacement of Aruba’s popular 10Gb uplink access layer switch, the 2540 switch series.

The CX 6100 switches like JL678A - Aruba 6100 24G 4SFP+ Switch share many similar features and capabilities as the CX 6000, which we have discussed above, but the main difference between the two is the high-speed 10Gb uplinks capability available in the Aruba 6100 series.

The table below illustrates the differences between the Aruba 2540, CX 6000, and CX 6100.

Feature

Aruba CX 6100

Aruba CX 6000

Aruba CX 2540

Deployment

Access switch

Access switch

Access switch

Services

Layer 2, static routing enabled

Layer 2, static routing enabled

Layer 2

Network Operating System

AOS-CX (cloud-native) 

AOS-CX (cloud-native) 

AOS-Switch

1Gb Uplinks

none

4

4

10Gb Uplinks

4

none

none

Downlinks

12, 24, 48 GbE ports

12, 24, 48 GbE ports

8, 24, 48 GbE ports

PoE - 8/12 port

139W

139W

67W

PoE  - 24 port

370W

195W

370W

PoE - 48 port

370W

370W

370W

Access Control Lists (ACLs)

IPv4, IPv6, VLAN, MAC

IPv4, IPv6, VLAN, MAC

IPv4, IPv6, VLAN

Programmability

REST APIs complete integration

REST APIs complete integration

none

CLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web GUI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Advanced Configuration

Aruba Central Multi-editor; Aruba NetEdit

Aruba Central Multi-editor; Aruba NetEdit

none

Cloud-based management

Aruba Central with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for native central support

Aruba Central with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for native central support

Aruba Central

Licensing and Subscription

No software licensing or subscription required

No software licensing or subscription required

No software licensing or subscription required

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

Limited lifetime warranty


Key Highlights of the Aruba CX 6100

  • High-speed 10Gb uplinks. 
  • Robust QoS and static routing and support for ACLs, versatile and powerful enterprise-class Layer 2 switch that is also affordable
  • Easy deployment with Zero Touch Provisioning. AOS-CX operating system provides a more consistent, seamless, and efficient management experience.
  • Powerful class 4 PoE (up to 370W), providing support for access points, client, and IoT devices
  • Compact and fan-less 12 port models available for deployments in smaller environments
  • Versatile control and management with Aruba Central, intuitive CLI, Web GUI, and Aruba NetEdit
  • Programmability with REST APIs
  • Aruba’s colorless ports for simpler configuration and modification. All ports will have the same configuration (colorless) and will return the appropriate VLAN/role based on the device type connected.

The Aruba CX 6100, as we can see, is pretty similar to the CX 6000 switch series, with the main difference being the 10Gb uplinks capability. Both the CX 6000 and CX 6100 offer secure and reliable wired connectivity solutions for small to mid-sized businesses, as well as branch offices of larger organizations. 

Wrapping UP

The main reason to choose the CX 6100 over the more affordable Aruba CX 6000 switch series is the fast, built-in 10Gb uplinks. If your business is consistently sharing a high volume of data and/or data that requires reliable high-speed data transmission (i.e. live video broadcast), then you may need 10Gb uplinks capability.

IT Yuda is a certified supplier for both Aruba CX 6000 and CX 6100 switch series. IT Yuda can help you in making your decision and making sure you are choosing the right network switch solution according to your needs and objectives. 

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