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Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Mellanox Switches
May 2022
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"This solution is impeccable.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""It's easy to use.""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."

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"Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network.""Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.""This product is widely available and the warranty is very good.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable.""We only deal with Cisco products, they are very good.""We like the stability and scalability of Cisco Ethernet Switches.""Very stable solution with a very low failure rate.""When it comes to switching routing, we have no doubts about Cisco."

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"It is a very easy-to-use product.""From what I've been told, a valuable feature of Mellanox switches is they're quite user-friendly.""The most valuable features of Mellanox Switches are the size, power consumption, and the vast amount of features."

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"In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""The management tools are limited in their abilities, and suffer from upgrade problems.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve.""Some areas of technical support could be better.""Juniper Ethernet Switches' operating systems get corrupted when the power fails. They have to improve this issue. I may have to use a newer version.""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."

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"There's are other products that are better for network programmability. Cisco isn't as programmable as some preferred vendors. For example, on iOS 6 products, you have to commit the change directly on the running configuration. If you have a generic product you can do this, so it can improve in programmability.""Better manageability and ease of use would be an improvement.""Cisco products are expensive compared to any other solution. Now, there are many competitors that give the same level of services - such as Juniper or Aruba.""We are less in the Cloud because the Cloud technologies didn't work so well. That happened in all of the companies where I've been engaged.""If we can have fewer bugs on our switches, that would be great. We had bugs that caused the switch to reboot. There is probably a problem with the software.""The NX-API REST is not very good and should be improved.""The price could be improved by being reduced.""I think the price should be cheaper to be able to afford more."

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"The configuration is a bit different from Cisco, and therefore, for me at least, there's a bit of a learning curve.""The scalability is working fine at the moment, but there's always room for improvement. As of right now, I don't know of any improvements to suggest.""Mellanox Switches could improve by adding some features that can make it easier for integrating the switches in some managing and monitoring platforms, such as Elastic or similar software for monitoring data with the data center in a more holistic way."

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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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  • "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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  • "The pricing is very competitive. The licensing costs are fine."
  • "The price of Mellanox Switches is reasonable compared to other solutions. The price and quality ratio was very good. There is a one-time license purchase that is needed."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Cisco Ethernet Switches is their capacity.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Mellanox Switches are the size, power consumption, and the vast amount of features.
    Top Answer:The price of Mellanox Switches is reasonable compared to other solutions. The price and quality ratio was very good… more »
    Top Answer:Mellanox Switches could improve by adding some features that can make it easier for integrating the switches in some… more »
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
    Mellanox SN2700
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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.

    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.

    The Mellanox Open Ethernet switch family delivers the highest performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution enabling converged data centers to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity. This family includes a broad portfolio of Top-of-Rack (TOR) switches that range from 12 to 128 ports, with Ethernet data rates of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE per port. These switches allow the building of cost-effective and scalable switch fabrics, from a few nodes to tens-of-thousands of nodes.

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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Linz AG
    CNPC, Korea Consumer Agency, Nutanix, Roxo Systems, StorPool, Atlantic.Net, INFN, StarWind, NYSE Technologies, Creative Consultants, ENKI
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Mellanox Switches
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Mellanox Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews while Mellanox Switches is ranked 19th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while Mellanox Switches is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mellanox Switches writes "Beneficial power consumption, plenty of features, and low maintenance". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, NETGEAR Switches, Aruba Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center, whereas Mellanox Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Aruba Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and NETGEAR Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Mellanox Switches report.

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