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We performed a comparison between Cisco FabricPath and Juniper QFabric based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two LAN Switching solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco FabricPath vs. Juniper QFabric report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"FabricPath's best features are routing, OSPS, ethernet, and performance.""It's very stable.""The most valuable features are the lead time and the high quality of the product.""The most valuable feature is the central management where the customer can receive all the alerts.""The solution has excellent stability.""We have found the solution to be stable."

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"The solution is easy to use and has good performance.""The solution is stable.""The 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms of connecting from one device to another. It is a pretty good and robust solution. It works pretty well in terms of scalability, and their technical support is amazing.""It's user-friendly.""The most valuable features of this solution are the fabric backplane having upwards of 160 GB of communication. It is a top-of-the-rack solution where you have your directors sitting in the main area and then you have your nodes expanded out to your multiple cabinets. It has a very good design and could be your server backbone."

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Cons
"The initial setup is a little complex.""The price is a little bit too high.""The cloud version of Cisco Fabric Path could be improved.""The prices for FabricPath are very high, and Cisco also takes a long time to deliver products (in Mexico, the delivery time is eight months).""The documents could improve for Cisco FabricPath. There are times when the relevant information is not present in the different sections of the documents, such as deployment. The documents should be more detailed and enhanced.""If Cisco can include management for this protocol in Layer 3, that would be ideal."

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"It would be nice if Juniper provided the system integrator with training, similar to that of Cisco.""They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the director of the interconnected nodes, they cut them back, and they still have that kind of structure.""The disruptive upgrade was an issue for us.""I do not use GUI's very much for switch stacks. I am always in the CLI. However, I do know that Juniper in the past has lacked on their GUI's, but they have been working on it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Cisco FabricPath could be reduced, it is expensive in the market here in Sri Lanka. The solution is subscriptions based, if the customer wants any future integrations, or if there are any future enhancements they will have to pay. There are different license options available, such as one or three years purchases."
  • "FabricPath is very reasonably priced."
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  • "In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution."
  • "The price for Juniper QFabric could improve. There are subscription, maintenance, and add-on feature fees."
  • "Juniper QFabric is a high-level solution but it could be less expensive."
  • "The pricing is high."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.
    Top Answer:The management features are in need of improvement.
    Top Answer:The 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution.
    Top Answer:They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the… more »
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    9.2
    10th
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    Also Known As
    FabricPath
    QFabric
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    Overview
    Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
    Juniper QFabric System is composed of multiple components working together as a single switch to provide high-performance, any-to-any connectivity and management simplicity in the data center. The QFabric System flattens the entire data center network to a single tier where all access points are equal, eliminating the effects of network locality and making it the ideal network foundation for cloud-ready, virtualized data centers.The highly scalable QFabric System improves application performance with low latency and converged services in a nonblocking, lossless architecture that supports Layer 2, Layer 3, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities.
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    Sample Customers
    Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
    MCB Bank
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Integrator14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco FabricPath vs. Juniper QFabric
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco FabricPath vs. Juniper QFabric and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco FabricPath is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 6 reviews while Juniper QFabric is ranked 10th in LAN Switching with 5 reviews. Cisco FabricPath is rated 9.2, while Juniper QFabric is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Reliable, simple to set up, and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper QFabric writes "Highly stable, straightforward CLI, and integrates well". Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Brocade VCS, Arista Campus LAN Switches, Cisco Catalyst Switches and HPE ProCurve, whereas Juniper QFabric is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Catalyst Switches, HPE ProCurve and Arista Campus LAN Switches. See our Cisco FabricPath vs. Juniper QFabric report.

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