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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Juniper Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"We only use the basic features and we find that it works well.""Being able to deal with multiple VLANs to segment the network logically is the biggest feature for us. The management of these switches is okay for us. These switches work very well, and they meet our needs.""Its performance and reliability are valuable.""Very stable solution with a very low failure rate.""The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product.""The main features of this solution are performance and ease of use.""Multicast is a great feature of this product.""These switches are both stable and scalable."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the Junos operating system.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""I like the simplicity of it.""It has features that allow us to go back to previous configurations.""You willuse almost every feature on every switch to some degree because the utility is valuable.""It's easy to use.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable."

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Cons
"The price could be better.""Cisco Ethernet Switches is a very expensive solution.""They can make the licensing model a little easier.""There could be an improvement in the licensing by reducing the price of the different types, such as essential, advantage, and premium.""The typical areas of concern for Cisco Ethernet Switches are not technical but cost including support costs. I’ve never liked the fact that end users cannot download security patches without a support contract. I’ve had trouble getting approval to renew Cisco support contracts due to the cost.""Cisco is not user-friendly. It would be best if you had a technical expert. The graphical user interface is more like a command line, and most functionalities are on the command line.""You have to be Cisco-certified to work on Cisco products, so we can't get into Cisco to do even basic configurations.""The GUI is not that easy."

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"The management tools are limited in their abilities, and suffer from upgrade problems.""Some areas of technical support could be better.""Its distribution channel and the ease of availability should be improved.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""The configuration could be made simpler.""The updates are constantly breaking.""The management platforms for the network need improvement.""The initial setup of switches is not that simple."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."
  • "These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment."
  • "We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."
  • "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."
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  • "The Juniper switches are less expensive than competing brands."
  • "You don't need to license every switch. We only chose to cover support on core/key equipment and keep a cold spare available when needed."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
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    We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
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    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.
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    Juniper's switches have a lifetime warranty, so you don't have to pay for replacements for defective items (though you can't buy spare replacements). It's relatively affordable per switch and pretty… more »
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    We had been introduced to MIST as a result or procuring 9 EX4600 switches and the associated MIST licenses. Unfortunately we found out that MIST does not support legacy switches, namely EX2200 which… more »
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    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
    Juniper EX Series
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    Overview
    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.

    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.

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    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm9%
    University9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider40%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Non Tech Company10%
    Government10%
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews while Juniper Ethernet Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 22 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while Juniper Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper Ethernet Switches writes "Flexible admin features and has good firewall filters". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Brocade Ethernet Switches and Aruba Switches, whereas Juniper Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Meraki MS Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Juniper Ethernet Switches report.

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