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June 2022
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Reviewer1124ty6 - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at MULTILINK COMPUTERS PVT LTD
Real User
Top 5
Good performance, long life span, and easy to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is pretty easy to set up after a bit of training."
  • "We'd like them to be capable of adding firewall options to the license."

What is our primary use case?

We are the system integrator. Normally we are using it in our projects.

Juniper Routers are used for our MPRS project with our clients. We have used the MPRS router. Apart from this, we have used SRX series of routers where the event requirement is there. And with switching also, we have used a Juniper router in our MPRS Integration Project.

What is most valuable?

The most important thing with the Juniper router is that feature-wise, lots of routers are similar. If I'm talking about the performance, it's at 99%. Apart from this, the hardware reliability is very good.

It lasts a long time. The end-of-life is approximately eight years. 

Juniper routers are very capable and can be scalable. 

We may also integrate it as an event solution in the Juniper Router SRX3.

The solution is pretty easy to set up after a bit of training.

Juniper is pretty good and pretty known right now for SRX3 where an SD-WAN solution is there. If we are not getting the MPLS connectivity in fiber, then we may use the 4D, and LD modems and get Juniper integration, router, and SRX fiber applications, which we may enable. 

What needs improvement?

We'd like them to be capable of adding firewall options to the license. 

In the next version, I'd like to see a load balancing and SD-WAN solution altogether in a simple manner.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's possible to scale if you plan ahead. The products are very much defined to the load, in terms of MBPS. If I'm talking about a hundred MBPS products, we have to initial levels, we have to think, what will be our maximum load? If we will plan that product well at the time of deployment, then we don't have any problems. That's the main thing. To scale, we have to know in advance what may be our load in the future, maybe after one year or maybe after two years. If you do this, then everything will be fine on Juniper. You don't have to change the router. 

We have ten to 15 users on it right now.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use MicroTik. We're also familiar with Cisco, Aruba, HP, and Ruckus.

Juniper is, definitely, in competition with Cisco. They are, I think, 30% to 40% cheaper. In comparison to HP routers, there is a 10% to 15% variable. If you are talking about Ruckus and Aruba, they're in the Wi-Fi segment. In the Wi-Fi segment, Ruckus and Aruba are the leaders. In the wiring router segment, Cisco and Juniper are the leaders. There is no competition apart from Cisco for Juniper in regard to enterprise routers.

How was the initial setup?

In terms of the initial setup, you have to learn a little bit of Juniper voice command. If you have learned Juniper voice command, then everything will be in a similar pattern. That makes it quite easy. That said, for the first one or two days, you need hands-on training. Afterward, it is very easy.

I'd rate it four out of five in terms of ease of setup. It only takes a half-hour for configuration.

What about the implementation team?

We integrate this solution for our clients. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For 10 to 15 users, if you have to go for the SRX3, a startup central router, in terms of dollars, it is maybe $300 annually. This is just the hardware cost. $300 to $400 is the hardware cost and for licensing cost, it may be around, for support and all, $100 per year. This is for an enterprise user.

What other advice do I have?

We are a partner and integrators.

If you have a small setup related to the enterprise office then you should go for Juniper, otherwise, for home, you don't have to use Juniper as there are lots of products out there. For $200, lots of products are there. Juniper is 100% recommended for Telco ISPs. 

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner / Integrator
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Udochi Ododo - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager, Technical Planning and Solutions Design at Galaxy Backbone Ltd
Real User
Top 5
Easy to configure and troubleshoot, but they need more visibility in the licensing model
Pros and Cons
  • "The configuration syntax makes it easy for us to configure the device and perform troubleshooting when needed."
  • "Essentially, they need to open their licensing model such that when a customer buys a device, they have a full view of all of the available licenses for it."

What is our primary use case?

We use these routers to connect our customers.

We use them for client access, and we use them in the network core. We also use them on the edge, for security. We have some of their security products sitting at the edge of our network, and we use Huawei laptops to connect our customers from their premises. Sometimes, they use their own on-premises equipment.

We have the big NE40-X8 and NE5000E routers everywhere in our infrastructure. In addition to the network core, this includes the client edge, client access edge, and we had them at the internet edge.

We also use their Huawei equipment for our long distance DWDM fiber, so we have the Huawei devices to cover different aspects.

How has it helped my organization?

We do not rely solely on Huawei routers. Rather, they make up part of our networking infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The configuration syntax makes it easy for us to configure the device and perform troubleshooting when needed.

What needs improvement?

Huawei needs to be a bit more open with their licensing model. What I find is that when you buy equipment, you expect that you have a particular feature. By the time you want to use that feature, you realize that you need to acquire a license for it. That is the one thing that I think they need to improve on. 

Essentially, they need to open their licensing model such that when a customer buys a device, they have a full view of all of the available licenses for it. It's not at the time of use that the customer will now be informed that they need to purchase an additional license.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Huawei Enterprise Routers for more than 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

These routers are stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The topic of scalability is tricky because it depends on what the customer is requesting. If you put a device on the network edge, it's practically sized for almost everything that the customer wants to do. This is true except in the case where there is a major change in scope, which may require a corresponding change in device.

Usually, they are scalable, but it means that if you're going to have very big projects then you need to make changes to the equipment that you are using.

How are customer service and technical support?

Rating the technical support on a scale of one to five, I would score them a three to four. It's not perfect, but it's available. You have to contact them initially, and then they get back to you.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with MikroTik, Juniper, and Cisco.

The configuration is not as reduced as it is with Cisco, which makes them quicker to configure.

Personally, I will use MikroTik products because they are the most economical in terms of pricing. They are also the most open in terms of licensing and functionality. However, there are not a lot of people who have the skill set required to maintain the MikroTik environment. This means that when I'm dealing with customers who are not technical, I suggest using a Huawei or a Cisco device. In my own deployment, where I am personally in charge of deployment, I'll use a MikroTik device.

How was the initial setup?

Based on my experience, the initial setup is straightforward. There's no challenge with deployment. The length of time required depends on which particular model you are working with because they don't all take the same amount of time.

For example, if you're implementing and configuring the network core, it is not the same scope as configuring a client.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

These routers are not too expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I like to use this product and most of our deployments are now products from Huawei. We don't have any problems with these routers.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
RitamMukherjee - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at Sharva Group
Real User
Top 5
A stable product that offers enhanced security via machine learning assessment tools
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the artificial intelligence assessment models."
  • "There should be a system in place to help existing users make an easier transition to the newer interfaces."

What is our primary use case?

My team is in charge of auditing the security infrastructure of these routers. I perform penetration testing and blue teaming in pursuit of this effort.

Our customers for this product are typically government departments.

In the current project, we are designing smart cities, in which these routers are part of the infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the artificial intelligence assessment models. This is something that this product has over MikroTik.

What needs improvement?

Over the past couple of years, I've noticed that the Cisco CLIs and web-based interfaces have changed. As such, there is a bit of a learning curve for people. It is understandable that newer technology is different, but it would be helpful if the interface had more in common with the older, legacy systems. There should be a system in place to help existing users make an easier transition to the newer interfaces.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco routers for at least four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco is a market leader in its field and this is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is no doubt that this Cisco solution is scalable. I do expect to scale more in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do not set up or administer the networks, so I do not need to speak with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In addition to Cisco, I have experience with routers from MikroTik and Juniper. These are all very good routers, switches, and infrastructure in general.

I prefer Cisco because I have more people in my team who are Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNAs), Cisco Certified Security Professions(CCSPs), and Cisco Security Officers (CSOs). 

How was the initial setup?

We work with large distributed systems and the routing systems are quite complicated. We also have multiple vendors that make up our infrastructure, so the setup for us is complex because of our architecture.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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