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Alejandro Mendez
External Plant Coordinator with 201-500 employees
Feb 04 2018

What do you think of Juniper Ethernet Switches?

What is our primary use case?

The primary use is as a datacenter, as aggregation and access switches. They are also used in wireless nodes in the core switch segment receiving all last mile services, as in optical fiber.

How has it helped my organization?

Juniper supports all our connectivity infrastructure in our datacenter, supporting optimal availability and performance for services.

What is most valuable?

The Virtual Chassis, because you have a centralized administration of a set of switches which makes the operation more efficient.

What needs improvement?

Support prices and licensing scheme need to be improved to allow some features to be purchased at lower costs, for example, RPM.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

Which solution did I use

User at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 27 2014

What do you think of Juniper Ethernet Switches?

Valuable Features

Optimal TCO

Improvements to My Organization

It's not about improvement, it is more about optimal decision making.

Room for Improvement

Stability issues and its cost.

Use of Solution

Juniper EX series About 2-3 years

Deployment Issues

I haven't seen any issues with deployment.

Stability Issues


Scalability Issues

Standard questions about more clients ports on devices.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Good, but not the best.Technical Support: Good.

Initial Setup

We had some questions, but that's it.

Implementation Team

We did some prep with the vendor team which was very helpful.

Other Solutions Considered

Cisco solutions and some others.
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Owner at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2014

What do you think of Juniper Ethernet Switches?

After being primarily a Cisco user for many years, I find the switch to Juniper refreshing. The CLI is intuitive and I appreciate the hierarchy of the various configuration groups to be much more organized. I also think it is better with regard to config checking, and ensuring that the items entered into the config work with the rest of the config. For example if you happen to forget a line in a policy, or make an error in referencing a particular object, it will not let you commit the config. I know there are pros and cons of both configs, but once you get used to Juniper, you can see the benefit of why they organized it the way they did.
Real User
Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jan 29 2014

What do you think of Juniper Ethernet Switches?

Both are decent products. I prefer Juniper for the following reasons: 1) Cleaner separation of data plane from control plane. Higher end Cisco devices are better at this but most of the lower end products still seem to be more integrated than I like. 2) The Hierarchical config design means I can make changes only in areas that concern me without necessarily impacting other areas. 3) Easier rollback when one makes mistakes 4) I think there are less bugs/vulnerabilities in Junos vs IOS. 5) iOS has too many flavors leads to confusion with deployment. One more advantage of junos over iOS. Juniper adheres closer to the standards than Cisco. Epigraph is nice, auto rp is cool, but with the less protocols in the standards it's much earlier to configure junos.
Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 04 2013

What do you think of Juniper Ethernet Switches?

Overall, the equipment is pretty good and more affordable than some other solutions. I found it to be difficult to make the transition from CISCO to Juniper as far as the CLI goes, maybe thats just me. I also had more than one instance where a switch would just stop working and I would have to reload the firmware on it and reconfigure it to get it back up and running. This caused me to purchase backup devices to minimize downtime and really cut into the cost savings over CISCO.
IT Administrator at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Oct 27 2012

What is most valuable?

From the technology point of view quality, design, and look-and-feel is good. Network administrators can easily manage and configure these network switches. I have easily configured an L3 switch to create a network campus backbone. Low maintenance required. No certification (CCNA, CCIE) is required to become a network administrator to set up a Juniper network.

What needs improvement?

During price negotiation we found that price is high compared to other switches. High price is obstructing sales in market. I felt that on-site and telephone support is not satisfactory.

What is Juniper Ethernet Switches?

Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

Also known as
Juniper EX Series
Juniper Ethernet Switches customers

BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.

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