Juniper Ethernet Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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Jeff_Cooper
Information Technology Manager at King + King Architects
Real User
Top 20
Jul 21, 2020
Enables us to run our backups much more quickly and has a good balance of price, performance, and features

What is our primary use case?

NETGEAR is our distribution switch for our local area network. We have about 80 data hosts connected to our network. They go through another set of switches into this distribution switch. From there they connect to our gateway and to our servers. The switches are on our premise and there's no special software other than that it's just a network switch.

Pros and Cons

  • "SFP, speed, and 10-Gigabit are the most valuable aspects of this solution. We're an architecture firm and we sometimes deal with large files. Anything we can do to eke out even a fraction of a second less time to get something done over the course of a year adds up. If I can get 10-Gigabit running in my server room, which I am right now, even though we're only gigabit to the desktop, due to the client computers we have, I can get more performance from everybody. I'm ready to start bringing in 10-Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop once I get the hardware to do that."
  • "The web interface has been a little sketchy on occasion. Sometimes I have to reload the page to get things to show up properly, but the switch itself seems fine. The web user interface is a little wonky at times."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be: Don't rush it. Give yourself time between getting the switch and putting it in. That helped me do this properly. Have patience. Read the documentation. Be organized. NETGEAR has the ability to label the interfaces and you can label different things on the switch in the web interface, while our old switches didn't have this feature. That helps me keep track of what's where. Being organized is really the key to all of this. When I am home I can dial into our VPN, look at the user interface of the switch, and I can tell you what's in every port on that switch. I would rate…
reviewer1084986
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Nov 2, 2019
Linux shell helpful for troubleshooting and capturing traffic, but the documentation needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We use three different models of the 7000 series switches to make up the network in one of our data centers. We use the 7060SX as an active leaf, the 7260 as a border leaf, and the 7500 series as the spines.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic."
  • "The CVP management platform needs to be improved."

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 sells some old models that do not support the newest features. This is a good solution, but the documentation needs to be improved. More detailed configuration examples are definitely needed. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
PinchasAlbalya
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
Real User
Top 20
Oct 24, 2019
Stable, easy to configure, and fast switching of layer-2

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for our university campus network.

Pros and Cons

  • "The layer-2 switching is very fast."
  • "I would like to see this solution automatically store multiple versions of the configuration file."

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 Switches called SG. For example, the SG300 model. This is a cheaper model, and although they are missing some protocols, they are very good. Out of our one thousand switches, we have about one hundred SG models. The price of these is lower than Juniper switches. I surely recommend this product, and the new Cisco line seems to be even stronger. There are improvements in terms of new modules and power…
IslamMansour
Senior Network Administrator at American University in Cairo (AUC)
Real User
Top 20
Oct 24, 2019
A reliable solution under harsh environmental conditions

What is our primary use case?

We are using the 5520 and the 5600 models as layer 2 switches, and the 8600 as a layer 3 switch. These units are all on-premises deployments.

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is very reliable and works well under harsh environmental circumstances."
  • "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."

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, Cisco is not my favorite vendor. I find that Juniper is more flexible, and they are stable like Avaya with no issues. Ultimately, I would recommend either Avaya or Juniper solutions. This is a good solution, but nothing is perfect. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Udochi Ododo
Manager, Technical Planning and Solutions Design at Galaxy Backbone Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 12, 2021
Reasonably priced and the bandwidth management capabilities are good

What is our primary use case?

I am a solution provider and I deploy this product for my customers. Primarily, it is used for last-mile access. When I deploy it in an enterprise environment, It is normally for bandwidth control.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is its bandwidth management ability."
  • "They should improve technical support and make direct access available to the customers."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing MikroTik Routers is to make sure that they have the requisite toolsets onboard to manage the devices so that they don't run into problems. Otherwise, it is a good and inexpensive product to use. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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