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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching.The 9500 series also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

They work great as core switches, data center switches, top of rack switches. They can even serve as routers, their routing capability is great, except for where you need lots of routing processing power. I would not use many of them for branch office switches though, due to noise and slowness of bootup
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

  • Very stable.
  • Cost efficient
  • Easy management
  • Great Juniper 24*7 TAC support
  • Different variants available for different requirements.
  • Easy to replace faulty hardware
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

  • Virtual chassis new switch has overwritten existing config if not performed in a particular way.
  • Applying a configuration to a range of interfaces could be done in a better way.
  • Applying firewall rules to multiple security zones could be done a little more efficiently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

No score
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Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches 8.0
Based on 6 answers
Many times when contacting Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches support, it seems that it is easiest for support to recommend a straight replacement (RMA) instead of taking time to walk through a solution on the faulty system. We find we get better help from a third-party consulting firm that has Juniper certified technicians or professionals on staff. They take the time to explain processes and workflow, which Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches support seems to shy away from.
Craig Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The Catalyst 9400 was not out when we were looking at new core switches. We thought about using a Nexus 9k but neither were as good of a fit as the 9500. Between price and performance it was a no-brainer for us to look at the 9500. We have not nor in the future would we consider other brands for core switching.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

The rollback, commit and confirm are the biggest players in the game. Juniper is the only one who has those features, so I believe they have a leg up in the game. The CLI is one of the easiest to work with.
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • These switches did require a purchase of the DNA license on top of standard switch licensing, even if the functions are no needed in the environment.
  • The increased SFP & QSFP connectivity enabled for faster processing within our compute environment. While the system is too new to quantify the value added in this, it undeniably will help with its ROI.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

  • 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.
Randy Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

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

Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches

General

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

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