Cisco takes on HP
HP's newly refreshed 5400R zl2 still fails to address top of mind issues
In June 2014, HP introduced a new version of their modular campus access switch, the HP 5400R zl2, a direct competitor to Cisco's Catalyst 4500E. HP claims that their new switch is packed with innovations to help their customers modernize and migrate their campus network infrastructures, in particular by adding redundant management modules to their older generation HP 5400 zl. However, the enhancements are not enough and did not address scalability, converged access for wired and wireless networks, uplink redundancy, investment protection and enterprise network services.
Here, we detail the main lacks of the HP 5400R zl2 compared to the Cisco Catalyst 4500E advantages.
|HP 5400R zl2 Lacks||Cisco Catalyst 4500E Advantages|
|Scalability of critical network resources||
Demands on the network increase from growth in internet devices, video and IOE. Customers will have to buy new switches to keep up with natural growth with the HP 5400R zl2. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E delivers:
|Converged wired and wireless access||
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E converges wired and wireless into a single architecture with a single operating system. This enables:
The HP 5400R zl2 is inferior to the Cisco Catalyst 4500E in terms of resiliency, despite the fact that HP offers redundant management modules. These modules are not sufficient for creating a resilient architecture, and the HP 5400R zl2 lacks technologies such as In-Service Software upgrade (ISSU), uplink redundancy and Virtual Switching System (VSS), which the Cisco Catalyst 4500E has.
|Investment protection||The HP 5400R zl2 only works with v2 line card, not with a customers’ existing investments. Conversely, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E interoperated with line cards shipped as far back as year 2000, offering unmatched investment protection through forwards and backward compatibility.|
|Platform positioning||HP has 2 competing product lines: ProVision switches and 3rd party merchant silicon based A Series switches. Conversely, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E is the industry’s most widely deployed modular access switch with over 70% Modular PoE market share.|
|Limited SDN to OpenFlow||Cisco’s approach to software defined networking (SDN) is holistic. It includes support for OpenFlow as well as Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which is the only solution in the industry that brings the benefits of SDN across data center, WAN and campus networks through APIC controller.|
|Enterprise-class network services||The Cisco Catalyst 4500E offers unmatched network services for BYOD & Wireless, advanced security and media services|
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