Cisco Ethernet Switches Review
Pro's and Con's - Cisco vs. Juniper
Competitive strength – Cisco and Juniper are a good fit in any data centre.
Competitive weaknesses –
- Cisco takes a proprietary spin on standards, increasing fear of vendor lock-in and cost to replace. Juniper has to spend time explaining the technology.
- Cisco’s Nexus portfolio is broad and complex, requiring advanced skills to design, deploy and manage which increases costs. Juniper’s market share remains small compared to equally well-known competitors and calls into question the company’s ability to execute and attract channel and other partners.
Current Perspective –
- Cisco switches remains a leader in the data centre due to both market presence and portfolio breadth.
- Cisco switches continues to win new customers based on both its portfolio and its technology partner network
Strength and weaknesses
- Cisco’s portfolio of switches, servers, software and services makes it one of the preeminent data centre technology partners for enterprises today.
- Cisco constantly strives to develop and deliver cutting edge solutions through innovations that meet the needs customers face today.
- By simplifying operations, Juniper’s networks increase business agility and at the same reduce operating expenses
- Cisco is a company driven by the market and by customers, and the resulting solutions produced and offered are a direct result of that demand
- Junipers inter operate with any vendor’s switch devices very well.
- Cisco is the only vendor that delivers an all Unified Ports form factor of switches that can support any Ethernet or storage protocol (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS).
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Last updated: May 23 2017
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