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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and Meraki MS Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""It's easy to use.""In terms of performance, Juniper switches have a more user-friendly interface and more features than Cisco products.""The solution is stable and scalable.""The solution is certainly scalable.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""The most valuable feature is switching on our network."

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"It integrates well.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.""An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies."

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"The top feature of Meraki MS switches for me is Layer 7 application visibility. Another positive in general is that you don't need to set up a console to the switch itself; it dials in to a single dashboard where you can completely manage all your network devices.""It is easy to deploy, maintain, and update. It has been trouble-free so far. I am still a Cisco command-line bigot, but the web interface makes it a lot easier for our help desk to interact with a client. When the clients call in and say that they aren't able to connect, it takes the help desk 10 minutes or less to look at everything in the enterprise or location. They can look at the firewall, switches, or access points in the dashboard. That's why I like the dashboard.""You can access a single pane of glass and configure all the devices via the same access.""Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments.""The initial setup is easy.""Being able to look at every port and see what it is connected to is very useful. Everything seems to be running really well. They've got everything covered. They have a really cool mounting system at the bottom and an access point that you can use to level up your device. It is kind of cool.""The most valuable features of Meraki MS Switches are ease of use, and we can find technical knowledge easily.""The switches are very stable."

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Cons
"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.""The management platforms for the network need improvement.""Juniper's support could be much better and faster.""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.""Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G.""The updates are constantly breaking.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable."

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"Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines.""The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large.""The FortiSwitch product was initially quite complex.""When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably."

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"The licensing model needs to be improved.""We had some dashboard licensing issues, maybe because their method of collecting data from the user needs to be more streamlined.""In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable.""I've had some hardware failure issues on the POE side on several switches across the years. There seems to be a problem with the POE ports of their unit system.""I would like to add a voice capability to Meraki, to make a call or receive a call.""Licensing is the only thing I can complain about. It's expensive, but everything is these days.""The price for this product could be cheaper. For a low-budget school or institution, scaling up and implementing more switches could take longer because of budget constraints.""Technical support hold times seem to be getting longer."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."
  • "It is reasonably priced."
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  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
  • "They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this."
  • "When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper."
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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:It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.
    Top Answer:An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies.
    Top Answer:The cost of FortiNet is affordable and good for price-sensitive accounts.
    Top Answer:The integration of wireless products could be improved.
    Top Answer:Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
    Top Answer:I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the… more »
    Top Answer:Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview

    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.

    With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

    The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government10%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Educational Organization7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer6%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise54%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise46%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise20%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 17th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 44 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good management integrity ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches and Datto Networking Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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