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"It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""The technical support has been very good.""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity."

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"Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""The most valuable feature is the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""I like the simplicity of it.""The security is good.""The solution is certainly scalable.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable."

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Cons
"It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""The product could use more security related features.""When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.""The security of the solution could be a bit better."

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"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.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""The initial setup of switches is not that simple.""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.""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.""We need to start seeing some kind of AI to assist with some of what we really want to accomplish from a policy standpoint to achieve better efficiency.""Its distribution channel and the ease of availability should be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
  • "The price is good."
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  • "The Juniper switches are less expensive than competing brands."
  • "You don't need to license every switch. We only chose to cover support on core/key equipment and keep a cold spare available when needed."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.
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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
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    The most valuable feature is that Juniper is multiple kernels, so there's isolation, which means you won't get a process that runs away, creating problems across the whole platform.
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    Juniper's switches have a lifetime warranty, so you don't have to pay for replacements for defective items (though you can't buy spare replacements). It's relatively affordable per switch and pretty… more »
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    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
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    Overview

    Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Comms Service Provider40%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Non Tech Company10%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business83%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews while Juniper Ethernet Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 22 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2, while Juniper Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper Ethernet Switches writes "Flexible admin features and has good firewall filters". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Meraki MS Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas Juniper Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. Juniper Ethernet Switches report.

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