HPE 5900 vs Juniper EX 4600. Which is best?

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Which is best between Juniper EX 4600 and HPE 5900? I know with Juniper, both switches are active - active. Does HPE 5900 series have the same configuration? Is HPE is competitor of Juniper EX 4600 series?


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Brian RogalskiUser

We use HP exclusively so I do not have an opinion regarding Juniper switches.

13 July 17
reviewer605313User

My 1st question, What is the proposed implementation? Distribution, Core ?

13 July 17
RafBrandsReal UserTOP 20

Comware never invested in MC-LAG as they have IRF stacking. The ISSU feature eliminates downtime during maintenance. That being said, it's impossible to completely eliminate downtime with eighter MC-LAG or IRF.

Performance wise the EX4600 is better, but the switches are actually in a different price range.
The throughput of the EX4600 is higher than that of the 5900, but it has less ports.
They have the same price for a different dencity, compare it for example with a 5930/5940 wich has the same performance and simular price.

Both switches have simular features but as a ToR switch I would choose the 5900 as it has a virtual version to integrate in VMWare and it supports TRILL & SPB.
I also find the Comware CLI much more intuitive than the Junos OS CLI, but that's personal.

Regards,
Raf

13 July 17
it_user444189Vendor

Hi All,
Yes. HPE is a competitor to Juniper in Data Center switching. HPE 5900 series support IRF (Intelligent Resilient Framework) which provides the mechanism to make multiple switches acts like a single logical switch (i.e virtual switch) so that both switches participate in data transfer on the physical links terminated on them.

Best Regards,

Sumudu Perera

13 July 17
Aivars BrizsReal User

Disagree on all points. MC-LAG = multichassis link aggregation. This term is usually used when we are talking about independently managed switch port aggregation. In 5900 you configure a stack out of 2-9 physical switches and they behave as one logical switch. So you can make a link aggregation of ports from different physical switches. Performance today really depends on what ASIC can do. I believe that EX4600 and 5900 are using same Broadcom ASICs. No magic there. Why do you call Comware low end? The conception of logic is individual. I think that most Cisco guys after IOS will call JunOS illogical. My point is that 95% features on both boxes are the same. They both are theoretically wire speed. Everything else is based on individual taste. One thing I must admit in favor us EX - support.

12 July 17
Tarek MenshawyReal UserTOP 5

Dear Deepak
Juniper Ex 4600 is better than HPE 5900 in the following points
throughput
Switching capacity
important feature like MC-LAG
please check the following Data sheets, and you can contact me any time
https://www.juniper.net/assets/fr/fr/local/pdf/datasheets/1000511-en.pdf
https://www.hpe.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA3-8996ENW.pdf

12 July 17
Gerhard UlrichshoferUser

Hi,

in my opinion the HPE5900 is a TOR class switch – w. 1/10 GbE ports, some models w. 40GbE Uplink
while the EX4600 is more a carrier-class switch w. some 1GbE but a high 10/40GbE port capacity

so it depends what the requester is trying to achieve, which backbone architecture he is trying to build (ie Fabric?)

12 July 17
Irfan AhmedReal UserTOP 10

Basic difference comes from OS integration with Switch plane, HPE 5900 is part of flexfabric solution but it 's core is comware v7 , which is low end switching platform. When you work on 5900 you will see basic switching works fine but in case of virtualization it's really difficult to implement your design using OS command and very illogically placed syntax. at-least that was my experience as compare to junos.

12 July 17
Aivars BrizsReal User

What functionality is exactly 5900 missing over EX?

12 July 17
Irfan AhmedReal UserTOP 10

Juniper EX 4600 is truly a ToR switch which handles almost 90 % complex switching requirements, HPE 5900 doesnot even come close to the EX4600 capabilities. It OS is far less functional then Junos. Actually , HPE 5900 is not a ToR switch though HPE claims it as ToR.
always select Ex4600 over 5900.

12 July 17
Aivars BrizsReal User

Hi,

There is no right answer to your question about the best. Yes, they both have active ports on all stack members and you can configure link aggregation from all switches. Yes, they compete. HPE all features are available without any additional licenses. 5900 is probably closing to the end of sales announcement. Take also look at HPE 5940.

12 July 17
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