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"There is no end to the ability to scale Juniper.""The solution has a high level of network functionality.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""One of the nicest things about Juniper switches is they work well with other vendor products. When you have to go into a situation where other vendor switches are present, you can make it work.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""In terms of performance, Juniper switches have a more user-friendly interface and more features than Cisco products.""You willuse almost every feature on every switch to some degree because the utility is valuable.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Junos operating system."

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"They have some of the fastest speeds available."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities such as routing with the channel.""Very stable solution with a very low failure rate.""The installation is very straightforward.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable.""The solution offers great bandwidth and speed.""The main features of this solution are performance and ease of use.""It is very scalable.""Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful."

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"Its distribution channel and the ease of availability should be improved.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved.""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.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""Has a steep learning curve."

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"Broadcom's biggest issue is that they don't like to share information."

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"In terms of features, they tick all the boxes as of now. That could be because we tailor the solution around the product. I have not seen anything that pulls me back or is not working well for me. However, there could be better integration with the network monitoring systems. It doesn't mean it is currently not there, but there could be better discoverability with some of the network monitoring systems to be able to have more visibility. When you're setting up a control room, you can have more visibility into what is going on in the network. It has been doing that, but it can do that more.""The user interface, the UI, could be better.""They can make the licensing model a little easier.""The installation is difficult and requires further training documentations.""The local support resources for Cisco in Bangledesh are very poor and should be increased.""We'd like the pricing to be lowered.""If Cisco Ethernet Switches can work both on-prem and in the cloud, it would be an advantage.""Up to a certain network size, it is easy to scale, but after that, it becomes difficult."

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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's approximately $1,000,000.00 if you want to get a license for the software."
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  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "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."
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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:The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.
    Top Answer:Juniper Ethernet Switches are a less expensive solution than Cisco Ethernet Switches. There is only a one-time purchase… more »
    Top Answer:They have some of the fastest speeds available.
    Top Answer:The Broadcom solution is an expensive solution. It's approximately $1,000,000.00 if you want to get a license for the… more »
    Top Answer:Broadcom's biggest issue is that they don't like to share information. They withhold a lot of documentation. They are… more »
    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 »
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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    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.

    StrataConnect switches support 1 Gigabit, 2.5 Gigabit, 5 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 25 Gigabit I/O speeds covering switch bandwidths from tens of gigabits to hundreds of gigabits. StrataConnect switches integrate optional CPU, Copper PHYs or high-speed SerDes with built-in buffering, traffic management, and L2-L4 processing enabling complete “system-on-a-chip” solutions. The StrataConnect line is designed for low power, optimized Layer 2 switching, and simplicity of design ideal for SMB, SME, industrial, embedded, control plane, and layer 2 data plane switch applications. Market-leading switch products are enabled by pairing FASTPATH turnkey software with StrataConnect switches via a low touch, rapid time-to-market model.

    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.
    Coty, Banese, Intellinet
    Linz AG
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Non Tech Company7%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    Ethernet Switches
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Aruba Networks, MikroTik and others in Ethernet Switches. Updated: June 2022.
    610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Broadcom StrataConnect is ranked 16th in Ethernet Switches with 1 review while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews. Broadcom StrataConnect is rated 9.0, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Broadcom StrataConnect writes "Scales well, reliable, and has good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Broadcom StrataConnect is most compared with , whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, NETGEAR Switches, Aruba Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches.

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