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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic.""What we like most is its performance to price ratio.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The solution is very stable."

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"One of the most feature-packed switching solutions you can implement.""The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information.""The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network.""What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great."

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Cons
"The CVP management platform needs to be improved.""The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The solution needs to improve their product range."

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"Technical support needs to take a different approach and pricing should appear more competitive.""The solution has SD-WAN but it doesn't have SDN. This should be added.""I don't like the way it's managed.""If you contact Fortinet, it's a bit difficult. Most of the time, they send you just links and documents to read for troubleshooting. When you contact support, you don't need documents. You want someone that can understand your problem, give a hand, and help you. I'm not impressed by the support really.""The product could use more security related features.""Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."

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"The cost appears to be high in comparison to other competing products although with this product you are paying for what you get.""It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.""It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches.""You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."

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Top Answer: It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.
Top Answer: Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch. For our customers that have a budget of $4,000 to $5,000 for one switch fabric, we generally… more »
Top Answer: We are manufacturers for certain storage platforms and we have our own storage software for enabling GPU clustering. We work more in the video segment. We have our own solutions that we put on that… more »
Top Answer: Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console
Top Answer: The licensing costs are on an annual basis and cover warranty and support. There are no additional costs.
Top Answer: There are currently issues with some of the switches, problems with the firmware. I think they need to check the firmware, especially, with the new FortiGate firmware integration and they need to… more »
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Overview
Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.

Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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American Internet ServicesBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company25%
Government6%
Media Company4%
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Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Government5%
Retailer4%
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Large Enterprise13%
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Arista Networks Platform is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 5 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Linux shell helpful for troubleshooting and capturing traffic, but the documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, Mellanox Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches and Huawei Ethernet Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.

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