Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs MikroTik Cloud Router Switch comparison

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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and MikroTik Cloud Router Switch 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. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch Report (Updated: November 2022).
655,774 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""It is stable.""I like the simplicity of it.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""One of the most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches is they are rugged.""The solution is stable and scalable."

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

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"This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.""The interface management and the user access management is pretty good.""The beauty of MikroTik is that you have flexibility with the routing parts.""Some of the most valuable features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power. As a package, it's extremely effective.""It is user-friendly, reliable, and cheap.""The performance has been good.""It is easy to set up.""The initial setup is easy."

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Cons
"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.""The updates are constantly breaking.""Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G.""More security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations.""We would like it if there was more security added in future releases.""The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable."

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"When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably.""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.""Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines."

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"The initial setup is complex.""The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.""Technical support could be better.""The solution does not yet offer a SaaS version.""Stuff that I'd like to be improved is really just training and documentation because I think the feature set is full. Another improvement I'd suggest is that their new, bigger releases should be a bit more stable.""The bulk efficiencies and the control of traffic could be a bit better.""The port isolation and VLAN need to be improved.""The packet filtering, user log data, and user access log could all be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Juniper Ethernet Switches could be less expensive. There is not a license needed to use the solution."
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  • "This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."
  • "It is reasonably priced."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only."
  • "They came with the licensing when we purchased them."
  • "The price is competitive."
  • "In Pakistan, if you buy this cloud router, it's approximately $700 for the device."
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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:You can get an extended license. You do need to pay to use the solution.
    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:This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only.
    Top Answer:The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    MikroTik CRS Series
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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.

    MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is a new Smart Switch series. It combines the best features of a fully functional router and a Layer 3 switch, is powered by the familiar RouterOS. All the specific Switch configuration options are available in a special Switch menu, also ports can be removed from the switch configuration, and used for routing purposes.
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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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Non Tech Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise45%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,774 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 17th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 8.6, while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good management integrity ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Cloud Router Switch writes "Simple with a user-friendly interface and good reliability". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is most compared with MikroTik Routers and Switches, Netgate TNSR, Cisco Enterprise Routers, Huawei Enterprise Routers and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch report.

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