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Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches

Adtran NetVanta series switches are a very desirable switch set at a reasonable price point with a large amount of configuration ability for both L2 and L3. They are best suited for medium to large institutions that are not Cisco Dependent. They work well for small businesses as well but may be too high of a price point and too large of a feature set needed for a SOHO type set up which may turn away customers in that range. The 1531/P series does offer a smaller switch with the option of PoE in the P model and gives a total of 12 individual ports between the 8 PoE ports, 2 non PoE ports, and 2 SFP ports capable of Gigabit or 2.5Gbps with Adtran's interconnect cable. This may be more suitable for a SOHO set up but again may offer more than many small businesses need and may seem daunting.
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Juniper Ethernet Switches

Pretty much all uses that require ethernet switching should consider Juniper. The only exception I can think of is if there is an extremely limited budget. Even then, certified pre-owned units are now available at significant discounts.
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Pros

  • High powered switches capable of large amounts of traffic.
  • More than enough power for PoE applications built into the switches allowing for stable power draw across all ports.
  • Easy to understand CLI and GUI.
  • Built-in USB Interface on 1550 series for Serial Console works well with a downloadable driver.
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  • Configuration is light years beyond everyone else. The structure of the config file and the commit/confirm/rollback features are critical.
  • Juniper Support is excellent and affordable.
  • The variety of models is enough to cater to particular needs, but there is not a dizzying array of options like other vendors.
  • JunOS operating system is the same across all platforms, greatly simplifying administration.
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Cons

  • PoE can be a little slow to initiate as the switch communicates with the device to determine the proper power level.
  • 1550 Series seem to come flashed with a non-standard Firmware initially that must be upgraded before any configuration can be done.
  • USB Driver for 1550 Series USB Serial connection is a non-standard driver that must be downloaded from Adtran vs Windows Plug and Play.
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  • A few more options in hardware platforms would be nice. I would like to see smaller, rugged switches similar to the EX "C" line, but more affordable even if it means lower port count. I would also like to see smaller 10Gbit switches (8-12 ports).
  • I'd like to see a little better response to new networking standards (We have been waiting for proper RFC 6939 support for years).
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Alternatives Considered

Adtran offers a higher feature set, reliability, and ease of use for advanced features compared to Dell, Ubiquiti UNIFI/Edge, and HP ProCurve counterparts - but at a higher price point. While Ubiquiti is a leader in Prosumer products in terms of price and reliability overall and ease of use, their feature set is lacking, comparatively speaking, for some specific L3 routing and other advanced features. Dell and HP, in my personal experience, have not had the same reliability, nor the same ease of use within their CLI or GUI.
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  • Cisco: expensive, cluttered list of models, expensive (and poor) support, OS is different across platforms, difficult to manage, no commit/confirm/rollback
  • Ubiquiti: inexpensive, basically no proper support (community support only)
  • Brocade: OS is Cisco-wannabe (with all of the bad), company has been broken up so support is questionable.
Juniper: obvious choice
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Return on Investment

  • High Performance and reliability have allowed for a 'set it and forget it' type installation, giving greater customer satisfaction.
  • The price point of the switches, while higher than other models such as HP or Dell potentially, is in line with their reliability and functionality and comes in less than Cisco much of the time.
  • Having a long time relationship with Adtran as a company has allowed us to quickly assist customers with their needs, saving everyone time and money.
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  • From a user's point of view, the ease of configuration and management has been incredible. Much less time is spent maintaining Juniper than previous solutions.
  • From a reseller's point of a view, Juniper is excellent. They treat small partners like us very well even if our volume is not huge. Juniper switches are part of our standard solution that has been great for our customers.
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Pricing Details

Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Juniper Ethernet Switches

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details