Juniper Ethernet Switches
December 07, 2017

Juniper Ethernet Switches

Randy Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Juniper Ethernet Switches

We use Juniper exclusively for all of our switch needs - servers, desktops, VoIP, etc. The ease of configuration coupled with the stability and features are second to none. Configurations are easy to read and the built-in commit/confirm/rollback capability is an incredibly powerful tool to avoid unexpected downtime.

Juniper support is excellent as well and is significantly less expensive than competitors' offerings.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Cisco, Ubiquiti and Brocade
  • 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
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
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.