Juniper Ethernet Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic.

What needs improvement?

The documentation for this solution needs to be improved. In the documentation, it is not easy to find the exact solution which describes the configuration step by step. It means that we've had to ask our supplier how to use certain features, and which commands to use. We can find a simple… more»

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

Most of the equipment that I have used is Cisco, although I have also used Juniper and Cumulus. For this new type of data center architecture, however, we did not use a solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

This solution was my first experience with the new, modern data center architecture. My advice to anybody who is implementing this series of switches is to carefully check the features that are supported on each model. Some new features are not supported on all platforms. I know that Arista still… more»
PinchasAlbalya
Real User
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. The solution is simple to configure. The layer-2 switching is very fast.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have the option of two power supplies on these switches. It is important for us because these switches are installed in our data center and critical departments. These units have to… more»

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

This is an expensive solution, but you are paying for stability.

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

I have experience with Juniper LAN switches, but that was with a previous company. The university campus had bought Juniper switches about six years ago, but they are moving completely to Cisco… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are looking forward to the 10-gigabit uplink port, which is an improvement that we have waited for. We expect to have this new module in one or two months. Cisco has a family of Small Business… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Meraki switches but they were not suitable for the university campus.
IslamMansour
Real User
Senior Network Services Administrator at American University in Cairo (AUC)
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very reliable and works well under harsh environmental circumstances. For example, if the air conditioning turns off then the switch doesn't shut down immediately.

What needs improvement?

The CLI syntax for this solution is different from other switches such as Cisco and Juniper, and it takes us a long time to integrate a new device and get it working properly. We would like to see support for multi-rate features including… more»

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

I have experience with several different routers and switches including Aruba Wireless, Cisco, Juniper, and Avaya. In our old campus, we were using Cisco switches.

What other advice do I have?

Avaya has been acquired by Extreme and I'm guessing that they will replace the current software with ExtremeXOS. I don't know what new features they are implementing or what modification they are going to make. In terms of recommendations… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we moved to the new campus there was a committee formed to evaluate different solutions. I am not sure what factors went into making the final decision, but Avaya was ultimately chosen over Cisco, HP, and Juniper.
Consultant
Security Consultant with 51-200 employees
Nov 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the ability to do the segmentation on the access layer. It allows you to segment the network into a zone or workgroups. By defining the VLAN you can logically separate the traffic. It helps minimize the risk with lateral movement and reduces the attack of Malware within your network.

What needs improvement?

I think that most everyone prefers a GUI rather than working through the command line. They have a GUI but it's not that interesting when you compare it to other vendors such as Check Point. They should reduce the price to stay competitive. While the Cisco product is good, the pricing is not… more»

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

I think that pricing should be more competitive.

What other advice do I have?

If you want to be a Cisco master you need to have a good understanding of the command line and how to use it, which is difficult for some administrators. Many people would prefer solutions that you can configure through a GUI. It is easier to configure an SPC as opposed to a Cisco switch. People are… more»
Real User
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 22 2020

What is most valuable?

This is a big telco switch with six slots.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup could be made simpler. There have been a lot of issues with failing parts in these switches. The pricing should be more competitive.

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

These switches are very expensive compared to those from other vendors.

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

I have experience with many vendors including Aruba, Juniper, and Cisco Meraki. These days, we primarily sell switches from HPE, Aruba, and Cisco. There is not much difference in the features between these switches and the one from… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend these switches because they are good, although they are very expensive. There is a variety of models to choose from but the ones that we chose were expensive. In our deployment, it was overkill because we had three… more»
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