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Network Switch Compared: Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series or Juniper EX4200

May 23 2012 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

 

Juniper EX4200 or Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch Compared

What do people thought about Juniper's EX switches Vs. Cisco Catalysts switches? Someone may answer like these: “Well the Juniper switches are much cheaper, that's for sure. I don't understand this Cisco-only mentality that's out there - why would I pay 3 or 4 times as much for a switch with less features?”. “We bought the Blade Network Technologies Rack Switches. Juniper OEM them, but they are even cheaper buying them from BNT. And the suppport is great too.”…

Right, Both Cisco and Juniper have many users and followers. Not the better, but the right. There are some comparison between Juniper’s EX4200 switch and Cisco’s 3750 series Catalyst switches, which may help you know more about EX4200 switch and Cisco 3750 switches.

 

EX4200 vs. Catalyst 3750: Layer 3 Stackable Switch Comparison

With prices starting at under $4,000, Juniper’s EX4200 line is available in 24 and 48 port 10/100/1000 densities, both PoE and non-PoE. They also include either 1Gb or 10Gb modular uplink connectivity. Another cool feature is the standard hot swap power supplies, while most of Cisco 3750 switches come with a single non field serviceable power supply.

Cisco 3750G, CISCO 3750E, and Cisco Catalyst 3750X switches come in over 70 different models and it can be overwhelming figuring out exactly what model to order without having to go through a myriad of technical, feature and pricing comparisons. Juniper makes it easy, offering one model with the same or better performance in several categories than all of Cisco 3750 series switches. Better yet, Juniper’s J-Care support can be as much as 75% less than Cisco’s Smartnet.

One of the most important factors in choosing a Layer 3 stackable switch is the actual performance of the stack. An independent study found Juniper’s EX4200 Latency is always lower when the switches are in a Virtual Chassis configuration. Coincidently enough, Cisco doesn’t publish latency rates of their stackable solution. Virtual Chassis configurations recover from hardware and software failures in milliseconds and operate at 30-Gbit/s rates in each direction between switches.

So in a side by side comparison between the Juniper EX4200 and the Cisco 3750G, E or X, it was no contest. 

Price and Specs of Juniper EX 4200, Cisco 3750G, Cisco 3750-E, Cisco 3750-X

 

EX4200

3750G

3750-E

3750-X

Example List prices

$10,800
(48 port 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP model)

$13,995
(48 port 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP model)

$18,995
(48 port 10/100/1000 + 2 X2 model)

$12,000
(48 port 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP model)

1 Yr 24x7x4 Support List Prices

$895

$1,611

$2,432

$1,120

Bandwidth (Gbps)

136

32

160

160

Throughput (Mpps)

101

38.7

101.2

101.2

Stacking Throughput (Gbps)

128

32

64

64

Max switches in virtual stack

10

9

9

9

L3 RIP and Static

YES

YES

YES

YES

IPv6

YES

YES
(requres license)*

YES

YES

IPv4 unicast/multicast

YES

YES

YES

YES

Wire Speed

YES

YES

YES

YES

10-GBE Scalable

YES

NO

YES

YES

Internal power capabilities

Redundant Hot Swappable

NON-Field Replaceable

Single Field Replaceable

Redundant Hot Swappable

 

More PDF files: Juniper Networks EX Series/ Cisco Catalyst Interoperability Test Results

Cisco 3750 Guide: CISCO Catalyst 3750 Family

How to Configure a Cisco 3750

 

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