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Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.""It's easy to use.""The solution is stable and scalable.""The most valuable feature is that Juniper is multiple kernels, so there's isolation, which means you won't get a process that runs away, creating problems across the whole platform.""Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""The solution is certainly scalable."

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"The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""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.""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.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy.""The solution is very stable.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""Arista Networks Platform offers straightforward deployment, and has good features. Support for the platform is also good."

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"The performance is pretty good.""The most valuable feature of Meraki MS Switches is user-friendliness.""It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""The top feature of Meraki MS switches for me is Layer 7 application visibility. Another positive in general is that you don't need to set up a console to the switch itself; it dials in to a single dashboard where you can completely manage all your network devices.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""To me, this is a product that meets all of the needs that anyone could possibly have for a networking device.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.""We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community. With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected."

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Cons
"The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved.""The security features for the product should be more unified for the product regardless of the product model.""I would like the ability to operate with other operating systems.""We are not very pleased with their performance.""The updates are constantly breaking.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.""The initial setup for Juniper switches is complex. Juniper has a new program that solves that problem a little bit, but it is expensive, so I don't use it. It is Juniper Mesh, Juniper Wire, or something like that where you plug in a switch, and it goes out to their cloud, finds a config, and brings it down. So, you can do everything cloud-based, but there is a fee for that. It is expensive, so I've never used it. If we were starting, we would try to do something like that. It is more for a large enterprise for managing hundreds of switches versus what we're doing. They should make its price more cost-effective or include it for new or smaller companies."

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"Its price can be better.""Arista Networks Platform should focus on improving the compatibility or integration with Cisco solutions.""The solution is a bit pricey.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""An area for improvement in Arista Networks Platform is its integration, e.g. it needs to have more integration with its new products. Incorporating more security and cloud is also another area for improvement in the platform.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""The overall price of the Arista Networks Platform is expensive. It should be reduced.""The solution needs to accommodate new features."

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"On the switches, I don't know a whole lot that I would change. Different levels of switches have different layer 2 and layer 3 functionality. It's always nice to have layer 3 functionality across the board if you can, but that drives up the cost. They've got different lines for different amounts of layer 3 functionality. However, on their models that do include full layer 3 access, when you choose to use layer 3 on a switch, it doesn't have the full functioning routing capabilities of an MX firewall. It can be limiting in some of those aspects.""There should be a focus on the emerging markets to offer better pricing. In India, they are offering it at better pricing for the emerging markets.""Meraki should include an application to assist users with the design of access points.""The throughputs, especially the throughput path, can be improved on the core switches. I think they should improve the throughput in the core switches to enable higher throughputs.""It would be great if the switch can identify the IP address connected to the network port. It seems most of the switches cannot identify the IP address. They can identify the MAC address but not the IP address.""In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable.""Better alerting capabilities are needed because they do not provide enough notification or detail about events.""The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Juniper costs less than the competition. As a comparison, Cisco is 33% more."
  • "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."
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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."
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  • "We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD."
  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
  • "They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this."
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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:It's pretty good as compared to other vendors.
    Top Answer:I can't speak to the exact pricing. It's based on the dollar and prices are fluctuating all of the time. My… more »
    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:Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
    Top Answer:I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the… more »
    Top Answer:Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    7000 Series
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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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.
    The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    American Internet Services
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government11%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company14%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Construction Company12%
    Educational Organization8%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise19%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 10 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 41 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Cisco Nexus, Aruba Switches and Dell PowerConnect Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, NETGEAR Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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