Cisco Ethernet Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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Mehdi Mamaghani
Real User
Specialist in Network Security at RayanCo
Feb 16 2020

What is most valuable?

In general, and when I am talking about the Juniper SRX switches that have the Junos operating systems, I find that the admin features are very flexible. For example, the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us another, better option for clients in switching technology.

What needs improvement?

To make the product better, I think that the company needs to do more testing before releasing versions of the operating system. In many versions, there are bugs in the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The exact licensing is not something I know about, but I do know that Juniper is a less expensive solution when compared to the competition.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In our location, there are not so many companies using Juniper Switches. The use of this brand is somewhat limited here because Juniper is not so popular and is… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people who are considering using Juniper switches is to try them out because the Juniper brand is very good. I myself really like the Juniper devices because… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Because of some limitations as in regulations or client business requirements, we can not always work with cloud solutions or solutions that run on VMs. There are some… more»
Darren-Sinden
Real User
Solutions Specialist - Enterprise Networking & SD-WAN at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us are the APIs. Development there has been very exciting and now we can actually drill down to client levels. What that means is that when I look at the portal I can drill down to the users that are logged on to the network and see what they are using the network for… more»

What needs improvement?

A complaint that I might have about the services is the compliance risk response. If I or our clients put too many devices on a network, threatening emails get triggered by Meraki saying that we are out of compliance. It can put unnecessary fear into the customer of the product that their services… more»

What other advice do I have?

My experience with Meraki goes back to the MS-1 series. That's when I first took the original Meraki training course and got the CMNA (Certified Meraki Networking Associate) certification. We got to play on the newest series of switches around at that time. Those have already gone past their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a reseller, evaluating options is somewhat built into the business structure. I deal with Meraki, Aruba, and Cisco around enterprise networking, security, voice, and wireless.
ThomasWilke
Real User
CEO at CITOM
Feb 06 2020

What is most valuable?

These switches are very simple to use and the GUI is very nice. They have made administration much easier. Optionally, if you have a very advanced requirement then you can do it less comfortably using… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have several offices in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, and we can manage this solution, as well as for our customers, remotely.

What needs improvement?

The UniFi switches are for people who are not very into technology and if you have a big deployment with special configurations then this line of switches is very limited. It would be nice to have a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Ubiquiti switches are quite affordable and you don't have to pay extra for support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use Cisco switches but we had a lot of trouble with them. They are not easy to handle, which is why we switched to Ubiquiti. Cisco switches have the same capability but you have to have… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are focused on open software and manufacturer-independent solutions, so Ubiquiti fits our strategy well because they operate on the Linux operating system. We have had no problems where this… more»
AnjumShahzad
Real User
Group IT Networks Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Dec 16 2019

What is most valuable?

We are not using many of the extended features of the product because our network here in this company is a very standard network. We are using optical fiber connectivity in all our departments, so the aggregation is good. The VLAN feature is very good and easy to manage. We have multiple VLAN and… more»

What needs improvement?

The question of what should be improved is difficult because it can become very technical. From my perspective, I think that the switches should be compatible with all the other switches like Cisco and IBM or any other brands. Sometimes I feel that the Alcatel switches are not working harmoniously… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, we are using multiple brands of switches from different vendors. It is all Cisco and Alcatel switches, but primarily Alcatel at this point. Some are the newest versions but not all and we maintain the older products. At another company, I used Cisco only because they preferred the Cisco… more»

What other advice do I have?

As someone with long-term experience with the product, I can say that you can trust the Alcatel switches. Earlier, before moving to this company, I did not work with Alcatel switches. When I came here and found out that we have Alcatel Switches, it seemed a little strange to me that I wasn't going… more»
BrianAmenya
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network. I get all of my analytics from the FortiGate point of view. I have FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiManager for all of my analytics. The… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't like the way it's managed. For some of the smaller switches that we have, I was not able to log into it and manage it. I am not sure if it is something that I am missing or something that I am not doing correctly or if this applies… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we were with Cisco, but we were already using FortiMail and received the distribution for Fortinet. We purchase Fortinet firewalls. The firewall and the mail were already working for us, so we thought that would just do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am working on a roadmap to ensure that everything is running on a Secure Access and not just from the switches. I am currently working on introducing SSO and Active Directory. It's going to be extensive, where everything will be running… more»
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