By Errol McCall, CXtec Product Engineer
All network hardware manufacturers have their pros (and cons) that set them apart from their competition. Understanding these differences will help guide you to make smart decisions on how to justify your technology investments.
If you’re considering Juniper hardware for your network, check out these three really cool features:
Juniper has the same operating system and commands on all of their switches, routers and firewalls. The code is exactly the same. This means less time keeping track of code versions and updates on multiple types of switches. If your entire network is Juniper, it will all be the same.
The commands and features of all the products are packed into the same code and unlocked for the type of product the code is installed on. This provides a level of convenience for everyone who has installed Juniper technology.
Most manufacturers come out with software updates sporadically. This makes it difficult to keep track of things. Also, with a variety of networking equipment this can become a full-time job.
Juniper has a set schedule. They release software updates once a quarter. And since all of the products take the same software, you save time during upgrades.
Think of it like this… If someone asked you when the next three times your favorite baseball or basketball teams are playing, it’s rare that you would know without having to look. That’s not the case with Juniper. Juniper is like football. You know the game is on Sunday.
By default, the Juniper operating system will save the last 50 configuration changes you’ve made. This is something that comes in handy during those rare instances when you make a mistake.
Some protocols, once configured, can take some time to converge. This creates the illusion that everything is working properly. After some time, the network will start losing connection to different segments.
It’s much less stressful to roll back to one of the known working configurations to get the network back up. You can then troubleshoot from there rather than trying to figure it out while the network is down.
These are just a few of the factors that make Juniper hardware a smart option for your infrastructure. What are your favorite features of Juniper? Leave us a comment below and let us know!