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"What we like most is its performance to price ratio.""It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there.""It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""The solution is very stable.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy."

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"Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments.""The most valuable feature is the ability to segment my infrastructure between phones, security systems, and other tasks.""Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.""Console of the dashboard is well integrated.""The technical support is quite good.""I have found the solution to be stable.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community. With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected."

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"The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The solution needs to improve their product range.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""Its price can be better."

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"The pain point for our customers is the pricing and it should be reduced to make it more competitive.""I don't think that the cost is a problem, but sometimes the price requires convincing the customer of the value.""Better alerting capabilities are needed because they do not provide enough notification or detail about events.""There should be a focus on the emerging markets to offer better pricing. In India, they are offering it at better pricing for the emerging markets.""It would be good to include the command-line access someday.""In terms of troubleshooting, if we get more tools there is an issue.""The scalability and integrative abilities with on-premises systems could stand improvement.""Less flexibility than in some other solutions."

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"Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions.""Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch.""It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."

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"Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option.""The pricing is overvalued in relation to the product's performance.""The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis.""We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD.""When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper.""The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them.""The solution is a bit on the pricey side.""The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus… more »
Top Answer: It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
Top Answer: Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
Top Answer: I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the equipment. Someone is paying for it. Someone has to be willing to pay the premium for… more »
Top Answer: Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or less money. For consistency and ease of use, Cisco is definitely better, but… more »
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7000 Series
MS220, MS320, MS420
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Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.
The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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American Internet Services
Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company22%
Financial Services Firm5%
Computer Software Company18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company12%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise16%
Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Arista Networks Platform is ranked 12th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 33 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.8, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Nexus, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and Dell PowerConnect Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Juniper Ethernet Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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