Juniper QFabric Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Senior Network Design Engineer at Kent State University
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate. We're working toward allowing the server administrators to configure their own ports for their new servers that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have increased the throughput of our datacenter. Where before we had switches that were two, one-gig LAG uplinks, we now have eighty-gig. This means that the… more»

What needs improvement?

Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.

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

We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees. For us, this product is perfect for what we need and it came at the perfect price point.

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

We had Cisco switches in our data center that were reaching their end-of-life in a few years. We also had other vendor switches that were coming up on end-of-life, and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product has absolutely surpassed our expectation of throughput. The network team used to be blamed for slowness in the data center, but now we can confidently say… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Arista and Juniper were both on the shortlist. We bought a few Juniper QFX series switches, and we did not like the product at all. We were investigating Arista, but Cisco… more»
LohitYadav
Reseller
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution offers very good documentation.

What needs improvement?

I personally haven't found anything that is lacking. However, it depends on the use case of the company. It's a good technology. It's only a small part of the complete DC architecture. The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell… more»

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

The pricing could be lower, which would make it easier to sell to clients. Cisco has an entire product line and a setup team, which looks at the marketing and how to position the product, and I believe they do take this into consideration… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller as well as a partner. We primarily deal with Cisco products at my organization. I have some knowledge of Aruba as well. FabricPath is Cisco's version of TRILL, an open-source version. I work for a value-added reseller and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've used other solutions with OEMs. We've used, for example, Juniper and TRILL. Which we ultimately use boils down to the implementation and the OEM.
AhmedElghawabi
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 19 2020

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure. These switches fully integrate into our Cisco switches without any problem.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were an option to use the device as either a switch or a pass-through for the traffic from inside to outside. This would mean that we would not have to replace hardware in some cases. I think that the IBM switches have this feature. It would be great to have modules that… more»

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

We also have Cisco switches in our environment. It is probably 80% Cisco and 20% Dell. I also have experience with Huawei, HP, and Juniper switches. Huawei switches used to use a similar set of commands, but they are different now. HP uses almost the same command set. Juniper switches are more… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have decreased our use of Dell PowerConnect Switches in the past year because we are moving to virtualization and using SDN switches. The problem comes about because it is difficult to see the server end-point directly on the SDN. For our Dell servers, we are replacing the switches with… more»
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Thomas-Roes
Real User
Self Employed at Switact
Jan 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The features that I like the most are the price, the feature sets, the no-nonsense warranty, and lifetime updates. This is the main benefit.

What needs improvement?

With Juniper, I like that they have an option to bundle a configuration change and commit it with the confirmed option. The switch will roll back if you don't confirm the change. If you make a change… more»

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

You buy the switch and that's it. It has a lifetime warranty, that includes lifetime updates.

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

I work with several clients with several vendors, so I have experience with other solutions. Most of the time our clients are using several vendors and we are trying to standardize to just one of… more»

What other advice do I have?

If they are looking into implementing this solution, just go with it. It would be very wise. I would recommend this product. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have looked at different vendors. I looked at Cisco, which is the main competitor. Based on the required features and price, HPE was the better option.
Nelson Gonzalez
Real User
Assistant Information Technology Director with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching. We rely on heavy segmentation to secure and isolate several business units. The dynamic routing capabilities are excellent.

What needs improvement?

Licensing is somewhat expensive and should be improved. Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment. They have done some good by… more»

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

Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.

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

I have used non-Cisco equipment, especially in the IoT environment of this municipality. In my experience, the competition falls short when it comes to features and reliability. In the enterprise… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a solid solution. When choosing them vs others, it all depends on your budgeting, previous environment, expertise, and training needs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this solution, I evaluated the IoT environment Antaira, Cradlepoint, and Sierra Wireless. Cisco's solution was superior. In an enterprise environment, I have evaluated Juniper… more»
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