Great switches for core and TOR, commit confirmed saves the engineer every time!
October 03, 2019

Great switches for core and TOR, commit confirmed saves the engineer every time!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Juniper Ethernet Switches

It's used across the entire organization. The switches work perfectly as network switches. They are very versatile, L3 routing works even on the cheapest models. Virtual chassis can be configured without any special cables on most models and include a number of switches. The "commit confirmed" function is priceless and can save a lot of headache and money when doing network changes (It will automatically roll back changes in case you lose connection with the switch during the change). After working with Juniper switches, I personally prefer them over Cisco.
  • Commit Confirmed - saves lots of headache and possibly travel if a remote goes awry
  • Stacking - switches can be stacked together easily with regular network cables, using any port
  • L3 routing on any switch model, even BGP with the right license
  • Speed - some models are quite slow to boot up and to respond when working on the console.
  • Fan loudness - some models, like EX2300, are extremely loud for no reason. The moment the intake temperature is a bit high, they rev up the fan to full speed, even though the temperature inside the switch is OK. This creates problems with using the switches in small offices with limited air conditioning.
  • Syntax - Many commands are quite convoluted and not intuitive. Logging in particular is a challenge.
  • Definitely helped for rapid network replacement, we were able to build data centers in a matter of weeks
  • Return on investment is greatest for data centers, as the commit confirmed feature reduces the need to go on site for making some changes
  • Flexibility of stacking is is another feature that makes ROI more positive
Juniper switches are more flexible than Cisco, as I mentioned before. The commit confirmed feature helps a lot. At the time of the purchase, they offered a significantly lower price and more features for the price than Cisco. Avaya/Nortel switches have such terrible interface and support that they are not even worth mentioning.
When support was required, we were always able to obtain an engineer on the phone. Sometimes the engineer's quality left a lot of room for improvement, but eventually all issues have been resolved.

Do you think Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches again?

Yes

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.