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Juniper Ethernet Switches Room for Improvement

Network Admin at a government with 11-50 employees

The negative of Juniper is that their command-line coding is a lot different than any other vendor, so there is a fairly steep learning curve to it. 

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.

One advantage that Cisco has is that there are a billion people who use it, so there are a lot more publications or books, whereas, with Juniper, you really can't find a current book. Everything that you have is from their website. They have a lot of documentation on their website, which is good, but if you're a person like me who likes having a hardback book, you're not going to find one that's current. If I wanted to be at home and learn something and read about it, I won't be able to do that. It is going to be a PDF, so you either have got to print it out, or you have to read it online. Sometimes, being older and having bad eyes, that's not good.

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MuhammadBilal2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Networks at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

The product is so-so. We are not very pleased with their performance. We are having some issues in managing their stack. We would like to have some advanced technology in stacking. They need to improve their stacking technologies.

We contacted the principal as well, to open a case. We couldn't find the solution. That's why we are looking for replacing these switches with some other brand.

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Emmanuel Bakare - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Design / Operations Engineer at Zoracom

The hardware could be improved, specifically adding more machine and safety features with the routers and switches. Additionally, more security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations. For example, the incident that occurred with Cisco years ago. Therefore, I believe security is also an essential thing for many organizations.

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Pawel Jenner - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps and System Engineer at Netyard

All Juniper products that you use in internet service provider equipment. They start from flash, et cetera. If you don't stop them properly, you have some problems with flash memory.

The setup, if you don't have your own configuration, can be a bit difficult. 

All Juniper documentation is terrible. If you are familiar with Cisco documentation, you have everything you need and you have a good overall picture. In Juniper, you have a lot of text and you have to figure out what they are saying as opposed to just seeing a picture and understanding what's happening. Cisco documentation is much better than Juniper.

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Fraud Risk Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.

When the power goes out, it's possible that it has become corrupted, and we couldn't continue because the switches stopped working. As a result, Juniper products were affected. Also, the power circuits may become corrupted after five years. It is, however, stable in Cisco switches.

We think it's popular. We prefer to use Cisco CLI commands rather than Juniper CLI commands.

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Network Engineer at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees

We had been introduced to MIST as a result or procuring 9 EX4600 switches and the associated MIST licenses.  Unfortunately we found out that MIST does not support legacy switches, namely EX2200 which we have 100 Plus, so this requires us to invest time and resources in order to learn the opensource alternatives for automation, or plan for an upgrade of the EX2200 which requires a significant investment.

Personally learning the open source alternatives is an extremely valuable skill to add to the toolbox, as well as move the District forward with automation.

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System Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The management platforms for the network need improvement.

The pricing for support needs to be reduced, and the lead time for the switches should be lower.

They may already be working on this but I would like to see improvements with visibility, analysis of the traffic, and similar features. When you compare with other manufacturers, they have to work in these areas more.

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D6B8 - PeerSpot reviewer
District Technology at INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196

Updates and management tools: 

  • The updates are constantly broken, which has been a problem for years. You definitely need to read the release notes to understand the whole situation before upgrading.
  • The management tools are nice, but they are limited in their abilities. The tools suffer from upgrade problems.
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Anoop-Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Video conferencing Admin at Akshara Enterprises India Pvt Ltd

The problem is with Juniper is the OS. Not everyone knows about Junos. If they are comfortable with using Junos then it will be the best switch. More people are accustomed to the Cisco platform, especially with the CLI or the graphical interfaces.

Juniper has its own operating system called Junos.

I would like the ability to integrate with other operating systems.

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Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved. 

I would like to see better monitoring in the next release.

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Ahmed Hawana - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and Security Engineer at IDSC

Of the current engineers that are working in Egypt, most of them are familiar with Cisco and not all of them used to work on Juniper switches. That's why those switches aren't very famous in Egypt.

The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.

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Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The interface could be better. It needs improvement.

We do everything in configuration files and it is not simple. It is quite complicated when you configure some rules for the firewall because it has several firewall levels.

In some switches, at times we have some issues, but it's on the infrastructure part and it's not the latest hardware.

In the future, I would like to see more standardized software. For example, some of the switches use some features that should be implemented in Juniper.

The software should be more stable.

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Joris Van den Bergh - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader Solution Specialists at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.

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Senior Technical Director at National Informatics Center

Juniper Ethernet Switches' operating systems get corrupted when the power fails. They have to improve this issue. I may have to use a newer version.

In the next release of Juniper Ethernet Switches, they could provide SD-WAN compatibility.

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SaurabhMishra - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Infrastructure Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The packet channelizing feature is the main function that should be improved. Juniper is currently desegregated. I'd like to see a combined hub-and-spoke kind of functionality where the job is done through the configuration. 

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Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The upgrade procedures could be better. 

The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.

In the next release, I would like to see them maintain the stability.

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Vice President, Network Engineering at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

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.

 I'm not sure whether EVPN-VXLAN DCI is supported today on these switches. If it's not, then that's something Juniper could add. They support EVPN, but I'm still not sure about the DCI part. I probably need to understand how that is implemented to figure out if it's supported. 

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Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Stability is an area that needs improvement.

They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.

Marketing could be better.

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DevOps System Engineer at Monash University

The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement. 

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Pradip Joshi - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Shree Atharva Sales Corporation

Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G.

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IT at a construction company with 201-500 employees

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.

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Managing Director at Spans Partner Gmbh

Its distribution channel and the ease of availability should be improved.

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MohammedThousif Ansari - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Tata Communications Transformation Services

Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.

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Buyer's Guide
Juniper Ethernet Switches
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Juniper Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.