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We performed a comparison between Juniper QFabric and NETGEAR Switches 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 Juniper QFabric vs. NETGEAR Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
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"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.""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.""The solution is easy to use and has good performance.""It's user-friendly.""The solution is stable."

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"Since it has a web interface, it is easy to set up. You don't have to take three years of training somewhere for a lot of money.""The company provides a lifetime warranty.""Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up.""This is a cost-effective solution.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.""Comes preconfigured and designed specifically for AV.""I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.""We have a wide range of switches for various applications, including a collection specifically designed for ProAV, as well as Multi-gig Switches, which are also quite well-known or unique."

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"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.""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.""It would be nice if Juniper provided the system integrator with training, similar to that of Cisco."

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"The technical support could be more helpful.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections.""There are a lot of systems that are moving into different areas. There are a lot of cloud-based things happening. One nice feature that I've seen in other switches is artificial intelligence on the actual porting. They've got AI technology that will tell you when a port is down. They not only tell you when a port is down; they also tell you when a port is running slower. You can do a cable-fault check, or you can do other checks. It would be nice to have this information in NETGEAR. This feature might already be there in a new release of the NETGEAR's firmware, but I haven't seen it.""The ‘how-to’ guides could do with some improvements. We got in trouble following the stacking and Dante set-up guides. If these would have been accurate, we would not have lost three days.""Lacks switches with additional ports that provide room for new protocols of communications.""NETGEAR Switches could be more secure. Scalability could also be better. This infrastructure is a bit old, and we need something that will be more secure. Something that will introduce WLAN, and we will need the knowledge to go with that. Some of the switches were used for more than seven years. I think it was just their lifespan that was exhausted. But other than that, there haven't been any issues that required us to complain or get concerned.""The product could be more robust.""The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration."

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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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  • "This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees."
  • "For its price, it scales well."
  • "The pricing is very good for 10GbE switches and you get a lot of throughput. It is about 60 percent of the costs of other switches from competitive manufacturers, which is really good."
  • "You get what you pay for. From a price comparison, there are cheaper switch makers on the market that are definitely less expensive than NETGEAR. They give you the same functionality, but they don't come with a name. There are solutions like Ubiquiti that are very good. They have the ease of setup, and I find NETGEAR battling a little bit in comparison to Ubiquiti."
  • "I believe that the pricing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and are AV-over-IP ready. NetGear switches also have a command line interface and… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to… more »
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    Also Known As
    NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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    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.

    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches is an Ethernet solution that offers businesses of all sizes the ability to easily set up secure and highly scalable networks. Small to medium-sized companies have the option to choose from three different switching options. The three options that are most appropriate for businesses of this size are the NETGEAR Unmanaged, Plus, and Smart Switch solutions. If you're managing a large enterprise network or a campus network, then NETGEAR Fully Managed Infrastructures is the solution for you. All the NETGEAR Ethernet Switches and solutions are innovative, easy to install and use, reliable, and very cost-effective.

    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches have many features that make them a most effective product. Included in these is the ability to virtually stack IP addresses in such a way that users can scale their network up with ease. These IP addresses are grouped together. Once additional data ports are connected, you have only a single switch to manage and you gain both a much higher level availability of data and a greater level of network resilience.

    Benefits of NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

    Some of the benefits of using NETGEAR Ethernet Switches include:

    • The ability to control and track the performance of your network from a single centralized location. NETGEAR Ethernet Switches has a “single pane of glass” interface that enables administrators to track their network’s data in real time, allowing them to manage everything from one place. If a problem is detected, this management interface will alert the appropriate administrator.

    • A wide array of security features allows you to manage user access, filter incoming traffic for potential threats, and monitor your network for unauthorized traffic. The switches have security capabilities built in in an effort to maximize network protection, while at the same time allowing you to minimize the expenditure of resources required to keep you secure.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make NETGEAR Ethernet Switches extremely effective. Two major ones are its inherent flexibility and its user-friendly nature. 

    PeerSpot user Kevin W., a network delivery architect at a tech-services company, notes that NETGEAR Ethernet Switches gives users the ability to tailor the switches to fit their needs. He writes, "The big winner for NETGEAR is their modular switch: the 96X version. That is something that you don't see in the market anywhere else, except for Cisco who has it at a high level for a high expense. The ability to customize your own switch with their modules is a big plus for what we do in the market right now. Instead of having to piece together standardized switches, trying to make something work, or fitting the design into the mold, the modular switches are aware that you can make a mark in the industry because you purchased one switch and design with different modules added and removed later on for functionality."

    PeerSpot user Chris W., a system engineer at Diversified, notes just how easy they are to use when he writes, "The ease of use of these switches is very good because of the Cisco CLI. If you are familiar with CLI, then you can configure the switch that way. It also has a relatively straightforward web interface. Using the web interface is good for beginners or people who aren't familiar with Cisco CLI. However, having a common command line interface method is great for some of our more advanced guys who are familiar with it."

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    Sample Customers
    MCB Bank
    Blaze Networks
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Insurance Company13%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business74%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise15%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Juniper QFabric vs. NETGEAR Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Juniper QFabric vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Juniper QFabric is ranked 10th in LAN Switching with 5 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Juniper QFabric is rated 8.2, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Juniper QFabric writes "Highly stable, straightforward CLI, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "Peak performance for uncompressed 4K video streaming at a very affordable price point". Juniper QFabric is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Cisco FabricPath, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Catalyst Switches and HPE ProCurve, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches and Aruba Switches. See our Juniper QFabric vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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