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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center and Ubiquiti UniFi 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. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Report (Updated: November 2022).
655,465 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Juniper Ethernet Switches' best features are the high packer sorting and throughput, good uplink port capacity, and virtual setup.""I like the simplicity of it.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.""The solution is stable and scalable.""In terms of performance, Juniper switches have a more user-friendly interface and more features than Cisco products.""Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration."

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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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"I haven't found the cost of the solution to be too high.""The two most valuable features are the remote access user and the side-to-side connection.""Overall the solution functions very well.""For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily.""The user interface makes it simple to configure and manage.""It is a high-quality product, and it won't let you down.""Ubiquiti is one step above the consumer level. They cost a little bit more, but they just seem to be drop-dead reliable, and they're keeping up with the latest standards.""The performance is good. They also have good prices."

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Cons
"Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G.""Juniper's support could be much better and faster.""Has a steep learning curve.""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.""More security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""Support could be improved.""The operating system could be better."

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"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.""Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines."

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"The stability and installation could be improved.""Ubiquiti tends to end-of-life things faster than other companies do. Cisco tends to be in the 8-, 10-, 12-year time frame, and Ubiquiti tends to be in the 4- or 5-year time frame.""I would like to see the pricing improved.""The price could be lower.""It would be nice if there was a way to label all of the ports on it so that I could include information about where the various connections go.""New products don't integrate well with their management platform. Sometimes you have to go directly to the box or the switch to do the management.""I would recommend changing the solution to a recognized one, such as Check Point or Fortinet.""It would be beneficial for us if Ubiquiti had a team of advanced data transportation specialists that we could get feedback from. We are not experts in data transportation, so having this sort of resource would be helpful for us."

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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 this product is cheap."
  • "The price of the solution is fair compared to others. However, it is expensive."
  • "The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses."
  • "It's around $179 a device."
  • "There are no licensing fees; you just purchase it and run it."
  • "Ubiquiti is one of the cheapest WiFi network providers that provide a very good WiFi network, which is monitored and deployable. The price is very fair for the technology they're offering."
  • "UniFi Switches are cost-effective compared to Cisco."
  • "Everything was bought in a one-time buy as a capital investment, so there isn't any licensing."
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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:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning… more »
    Top Answer:It is a high-quality product, and it won't let you down.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    UniFi Switches
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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.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are managed Gigabit switches (Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports) designed to meet all your network needs while delivering excellent performance. The switches’ excellent network performance is combined with fiber connectivity that includes two SFP ports and the ability to process traffic without putting packet loss at risk.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Are:

    • Easy to deploy
    • Simple to use
    • Affordable
    • Reliable and stable

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Output Modes:

    • PoE: Uses IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver up to 15.4W.
    • PoE+: Uses IEEE 802.3at standard to deliver up to 30W.
    • PoE++: Uses IEEE 802.3bt standard to deliver up to 60W.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Input Modes:

    • US-8 (PoE, PoE+)
    • USW-Flex (PoE, PoE+, PoE++)
    • USW-Flex Mini (PoE, PoE+)

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Reliable hardware
    • Alarm alerting system
    • Dual-band
    • PoE+ flexibility
    • Fiber connectivity
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Mesh networking
    • Secure management
    • High speed
    • Excellent dashboards
    • Reporting and detailed analytics
    • Multi-site management
    • Deep packet inspection

    Benefits of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches:

    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are silent because they are designed without a fan.
    • They help simplify your network infrastructure and cabling.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches offer 24 to 48 port switch versions to work with.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provide redundant power if the internal power supply fails.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches include the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are rated as affordable when compared with competitors.
    • Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports
    • Configuration with Ubiquiti UniFi is easy; It's simple to configure or reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly.
    • By having a mobile app, Unifi makes it easy to check on sites and to configure APs individually if necessary.
    • With Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, you can operate your IP cameras and phones through a single network cable.


    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy says "The ability to deploy quickly and then having one central location for all the settings are its most valuable aspects."

    "The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable," says Doru I., Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies

    Murali S., Management Consultant at a consultancy, explains that “For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily."

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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Non Tech Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Manufacturing Company27%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Individual & Family Service7%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government7%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise45%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business81%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches
    November 2022
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 17th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 16 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 8.6, while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good management integrity ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches writes "Rock solid stability with adjustable voltage configuration for PoE". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and Meraki MS Switches, whereas Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches and Arista Networks Platform. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report.

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