Cisco Ethernet Switches vs Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 31, 2022

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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Ethernet Switches category, the mindshare of Cisco Ethernet Switches is 21.6%, up from 20.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches is 3.4%, down from 4.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Dec 21, 2021
Supremely reliable but would benefit from bulk fixing and patching.
In terms of what could be improved, there is the bulk issue that is sometimes experienced with the Cisco products we've used. I don't know how it could be possible to be done, but it would be very good if there was an automated patching system. It would be a very big and difficult one, because some of these routers or switches or products are not even within an internet environment. This is especially limited with the switches. Routers can be connected to the internet and switches might not even have internet access and might just be for the local area network. If it has an internet connection, that would be great and if it has an automated parking code inside of the POE this would help them to patch without the user's input. In the next release, I would like to see bulk fixing. That is basically what I do now. If we could have an automated patch for Cisco to just be standard for patching switches or routers or firewalls by default without the input of anyone adjusting, that would be great.
Pawel Jenner - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 29, 2022
A decent switch that is reliable and capable of expanding
All Juniper products that you use in internet service provider equipment. They start from flash, et cetera. If you don't stop them properly, you have some problems with flash memory. The setup, if you don't have your own configuration, can be a bit difficult. All Juniper documentation is terrible. If you are familiar with Cisco documentation, you have everything you need and you have a good overall picture. In Juniper, you have a lot of text and you have to figure out what they are saying as opposed to just seeing a picture and understanding what's happening. Cisco documentation is much better than Juniper.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"We only deal with Cisco products, they are very good."
"It is a scalable solution."
"Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is the performance of the product."
"The solution is compatible with many brands, such as VMware."
"Cisco Ethernet Switches is stable and robust."
"These switches are both stable and scalable."
"The stability is 100%."
"The thing that sets Juniper apart from most switches is that when you're in the command line and you make a configuration change, you just write the command and then say "commit confirmed minutes". For example, I'm configuring a switch here in my office, which is five miles away, and I say, "commit confirmed 5". If I can't get back to the interface within five minutes to be able to make sure the switch came up, it rolls back to the previous configuration. This way I do not get locked out, or the switch doesn't get messed up because of the incorrect configuration. That's an automatic feature, which is pretty slick. I haven't seen that feature with other vendors that I've worked with. That's probably my most favorite feature."
"There is no end to the ability to scale Juniper."
"It has features that allow us to go back to previous configurations."
"The security is good."
"The solution is certainly scalable."
"The most valuable feature of Juniper Ethernet Switches is the public remote configuration option. If you make a mistake in the configuration you can roll it back to the previous configuration automatically after a set time frame increment, such as five or more minutes. In all the other competitors once you press to enter the new configuration is already written in. You cannot roll it back automatically."
"The solution has a high level of network functionality."
"It is a scalable solution."


"Cisco Ethernet Switches could improve if they removed the command line interface and replaced it with a better GUI. It is too difficult at the moment, we always need to figure out the commands."
"The solution needs to work on lowering the amount of bugs. We find them quite regularly."
"We need more management tools for the solution."
"They can make the licensing model a little easier."
"The user interface could be improved."
"The solution's reliability should be improved."
"Cisco could definitely work on delivering improved pricing to its customers."
"Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI."
"Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime."
"The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable."
"The protocols can be tunneled, but on a global basis, not on an interface, and this is a feature that should be added."
"Juniper EX Series could improve the process and ease of updating the software. It is a difficult process."
"It would be nice to have a more available list of modules that you can get for this solution."
"Has a steep learning curve."
"The initial setup of switches is not that simple."
"The durability of the devices could be better."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The equipment might be more expensive, but when you take total ownership of the configuration, maintenance, and analysis, then it's a large benefit. Sometimes customers see only the first cost of the switches and don't look any further. This is a weak point of Cisco."
"In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
"The pricing is reasonable so I rate it a six out of ten."
"The cost of the solution is by unit."
"Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved."
"Customers have to pay for some of the L3 switches licenses, which are expensive."
"With all of the features and when you compare with other solutions, the cost is much less."
"Cisco offers annual and three-year license options."
"The Juniper switches are less expensive than competing brands."
"The solution's pricing is cheaper than that of Cisco."
"The pricing for the support is very high."
"If compared to Cisco, this is a well priced solution. Compared to HP, it is a little bit overpriced. Overall, they are priced in the middle compared to competitors."
"Support prices and licensing scheme need to be improved to allow some features to be purchased at lower costs, for example, RPM​."
"The solution does not require a license to use it."
"It's was $100,000 per year."
"Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
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Comparison Review

it_user82779 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 29, 2014
Benefits of Juniper vs Cisco
Both are decent products. I prefer Juniper for the following reasons: 1) Cleaner separation of data plane from control plane. Higher end Cisco devices are better at this but most of the lower end products still seem to be more integrated than I like. 2) The Hierarchical config design means I can…

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Questions from the Community

Would you recommend replacing a Cisco Catalyst Switch by a D-link one?
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 ...
Which would you choose - Fortinet Fortiswitch secure access or Cisco Ethernet Switches?
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...
In terms of ethernet switches, would you go with Cisco or Juniper?
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...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Juniper Ethernet Switches?
If compared to Cisco, this is a well priced solution. Compared to HP, it is a little bit overpriced. Overall, they are priced in the middle compared to competitors.
What advice do you have for others considering Juniper Ethernet Switches?
Juniper EX model is ok for the campus network as the ex4300 is EOL in a few years and the new ex4400 is the standard. Now for the QFX model, 5k/10k in CRB mode IP fabric Ethernet switching is horri...
What do you like most about Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches?
I would rate this solution a 10 out of 10 for scalability.

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