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We performed a comparison between Arista Networks Platform and Cisco Ethernet Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Ethernet Switches solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.""We have found the product to be scalable.""The security is good.""Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""It's pretty good as compared to other vendors.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""The feature I like the most is the ability to reword changes before committing to the change. We can always reword changes in 10 minutes if they don't work."

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"The solution is very stable.""The configuration capabilities were good.""It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""I like the spine as a leaf model and low latency. The hardware is robust and meets expected latency in all environments, mainly if you belong to the media or trading industry. For multicast-based solutions, Arista is number one.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now."

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"I have found the solution to have good scalability. Cisco is the pioneers on switching technology, they are very good.""Very stable solution with a very low failure rate.""The features that I have found most valuable are the core reliability and the switching group. All the features are very generic switching features with high reliability. That is the main key point I can highlight.""It is easy to configure and troubleshoot.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable.""It is very scalable.""The solution is easy to use.""One of the most valuable aspects of Cisco Ethernet Switches is many engineers can work on the equipment. You can find qualified engineers that can configure Cisco equipment more than any other networking equipment."

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Cons
"The technical support from Juniper Ethernet Switches could be better.""Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""All Juniper documentation is terrible.""We would like it if there was more security added in future releases.""The operating system could be better.""The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster."

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"The solution is a bit pricey.""The overall price of the Arista Networks Platform is expensive. It should be reduced.""The stability of this solution needs to be improved as part of the next upgrade.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""Something that you will often hear about Arista products is that the price is a bit too high and, like with Cisco, we sometimes have problems with our customers because of its pricing.""Its price can be better."

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"We'd like the pricing to be lowered.""An improvement would be to change their market intention. Almost all the Cisco switches are now coming with a license called DNA. D for Delta, N for number and A for apple. That feature is required, he must purchase it and it is a mandatory thing that has been introduced. This is not matching with the Asian market.""In terms of features, all features are there. I can't find anything new that needs to be added. Its price, however, is a bit higher than other brands and can be improved.""They can make the licensing model a little easier.""You have to be Cisco-certified to work on Cisco products, so we can't get into Cisco to do even basic configurations.""The local support resources for Cisco in Bangledesh are very poor and should be increased.""Because of the cyber attacks, they should focus more on VoIP.""One thing we did have to work around is, on the broadcast side, we're reliant on the PTP protocol, precision time protocol, and the Cisco switches in general, don't support that."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "The price of the Arista Networks Platform could be less expensive for the hardware and license."
  • "There is an annual license required to use the Arista Networks Platform."
  • "Specific tools definitely require a license for the subscription. But we are not using these tools in our environment. In terms of licensing, you need to spend approximately $10,000 per month."
  • "I remember that when our customers were offered the Arista Networks Platform, they used a checklist to compare the prices between Arista and Cisco for their requirements, and found that the prices were almost the same."
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  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
  • "There are different licensing based on the model of the solution."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved."
  • "With all of the features and when you compare with other solutions, the cost is much less."
  • "The cost of this solution is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:You can get an extended license. You do need to pay to use the solution.
    Top Answer:It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very… more »
    Top Answer:It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
    Top Answer:Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet… more »
    Top Answer:NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and… more »
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    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    7000 Series
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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    Overview

    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.

    Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.
    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    American Internet Services
    Linz AG
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    University8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 13 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 56 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Offers high-throughput devices that are easy to adopt and configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, Aruba Switches, Mellanox Switches and Meraki MS Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, NETGEAR Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Brocade Ethernet Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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