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Network Switch Competitive Comparison Chart

Cisco Switches vs. Huawei vs. HPE vs. Juniper

Compare network switches from Huawei, HPE, and Juniper to Cisco switching solutions. With multiple innovations like Multigigabit, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and integrated security, Cisco switches offer more capabilities for your wired and wireless networks. 

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Investment protection with custom siliconCisco custom silicon helps ensure enterprise feature robustness, platform longevity, and investment protection. LimitedMultiple vendor acquisition history makes the product lines inconsistent, with short life spans. A majority of switching platforms are merchant silicon-based, with limited flexibility. LimitedHuawei ENP lags in terms of capability when compared with the Cisco UADP. Huawei is missing high-speed stacking interface, lacks performance and flexibility, lacks packet-processing flexibility, and is short on full visibility of data flows.Switching platforms are based on merchant silicon, limiting flexibility and functionality.
Unique and powerful UADP ASIC offers industry-leading features and functionality.Cisco custom silicon helps ensure enterprise feature robustness, platform longevity, and investment protection. Multiple vendor acquisition history makes the product lines inconsistent, with short life spans. A majority of switching platforms are merchant silicon-based, with limited flexibility. Huawei ENP lags in terms of capability when compared with the Cisco UADP. Huawei is missing high-speed stacking interface, lacks performance and flexibility, lacks packet-processing flexibility, and is short on full visibility of data flows.Switching platforms are based on merchant silicon, limiting flexibility and functionality.
Cloud-ManagedCisco Meraki Dashboard is an open and extensible web-based management interface that accelerates and optimizes enterprise network operations. LimitedLimitedLimited
Cisco Meraki Dashboard can provide a superior customer experience and simplify business operations.Cisco Meraki Dashboard is an open and extensible web-based management interface that accelerates and optimizes enterprise network operations.
Multigigabit technologyCisco Multigigabit Technology can prepare access networks for future innovations by delivering speeds of 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and as much as 10G on existing Category 5e and 6 cables. Cisco also offers PoE and UPOE+ across the same port, up to 90W UPOE+.LimitedHPE offers equivalent multigigabit technology, Smart Rate, which is limited to a couple of product platforms and a limited number of ports.LimitedMultigigabit up to 2.5G only in some switch models.
Offer customers switches that will handle Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ac Wave 2, and beyond.Cisco Multigigabit Technology can prepare access networks for future innovations by delivering speeds of 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and as much as 10G on existing Category 5e and 6 cables. Cisco also offers PoE and UPOE+ across the same port, up to 90W UPOE+.HPE offers equivalent multigigabit technology, Smart Rate, which is limited to a couple of product platforms and a limited number of ports.Multigigabit up to 2.5G only in some switch models.
Application Visibility and Control (AVC)To help enforce network access policy and protect against attacks, Cisco access switches can inspect traffic and application flows, using Cisco IOS XE full Flexible NetFlow, , Cisco Software-Defined AVC (SD-AVC), NBAR2, and Cisco DNA Assurance.LimitedHPE switching platforms are limited to simple, basic traffic classifications and policy enforcement with ACL. These platforms are also limited by their lack of memory capacity in access switching.LimitedLimited SLA monitoring with Huawei iPCA.
Recognize and service more than 1400 applications. Differentiate between nonencrypted and encrypted apps to help ensure appropriate treatment of business-critical traffic.To help enforce network access policy and protect against attacks, Cisco access switches can inspect traffic and application flows, using Cisco IOS XE full Flexible NetFlow, , Cisco Software-Defined AVC (SD-AVC), NBAR2, and Cisco DNA Assurance.HPE switching platforms are limited to simple, basic traffic classifications and policy enforcement with ACL. These platforms are also limited by their lack of memory capacity in access switching.Limited SLA monitoring with Huawei iPCA.
Converged infrastructure: Consistent automation across WAN, WLAN, and wired networks. Use Cisco SD-WAN vManage for a centrally managed and optimized WAN. Use Cisco DNA Center combined with Cisco ISE, Cisco Stealthwatch, and Cisco TrustSec for security, encryption, app visibility, and control of the wired and wireless network.LimitedHPE uses SDN controllers and AirWave for automated deployment of infrastructure of Aruba switches only. For a single pane of glass, HPE uses IMC for the original HPE switches but does not support AirWave. LimitedHuawei's SVF does not provide true network convergence.Juniper uses Juniper Sky Enterprise more akin to Cisco Meraki Dashboard (SaaS offering) but does not provide AP support.
Deploy a new branch online, or roll out a new application policy within minutes by using a single pane of control and true network convergence.Use Cisco SD-WAN vManage for a centrally managed and optimized WAN. Use Cisco DNA Center combined with Cisco ISE, Cisco Stealthwatch, and Cisco TrustSec for security, encryption, app visibility, and control of the wired and wireless network.HPE uses SDN controllers and AirWave for automated deployment of infrastructure of Aruba switches only. For a single pane of glass, HPE uses IMC for the original HPE switches but does not support AirWave. Huawei's SVF does not provide true network convergence.Juniper uses Juniper Sky Enterprise more akin to Cisco Meraki Dashboard (SaaS offering) but does not provide AP support.
Monitoring by endpoint typeCisco can use analytics to monitor behavior with Stealthwatch and NetFlow, and classify traffic on the edge and inside the network with TrustSec.LimitedAruba offers very limited functionality. Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution that cannot scale.LimitediPCA is offered as an option but provides limited platform support and visibility.
Monitor and classify behaviors of devices and data that are critical to identifying problems.Cisco can use analytics to monitor behavior with Stealthwatch and NetFlow, and classify traffic on the edge and inside the network with TrustSec.Aruba offers very limited functionality. Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution that cannot scale.iPCA is offered as an option but provides limited platform support and visibility.
Support new capabilities without major upgradesIntegration of custom UADP ASICs, and access point modularity allows Cisco to add new hardware-based features without adding new hardware.LimitedNo support for modular APs. Switching platforms use a custom ASIC with limited extensibility.LimitedNo current support for modular access points that support location-based analytics and beacons/BLE. Only the AP4050DN has some modularity for IOT use cases.No wireless platforms, and switching platforms are ​based on merchant silicon.
Avoid major upgrades by leveraging existing access points, controllers, and switches without performance impact.Integration of custom UADP ASICs, and access point modularity allows Cisco to add new hardware-based features without adding new hardware.No support for modular APs. Switching platforms use a custom ASIC with limited extensibility.No current support for modular access points that support location-based analytics and beacons/BLE. Only the AP4050DN has some modularity for IOT use cases.No wireless platforms, and switching platforms are ​based on merchant silicon.

Agility

Improve experience for Apple usersCisco and Apple have joined efforts to provide better user experiences for Apple device users connected to a Cisco network.LimitedFunctionality can be supported only through manual QoS prioritization and Wi-Fi standards.LimitedFunctionality can be supported only through manual QoS prioritization.
Promote a better user experience for business-relevant applications on all Apple devices.Cisco and Apple have joined efforts to provide better user experiences for Apple device users connected to a Cisco network.Functionality can be supported only through manual QoS prioritization and Wi-Fi standards.Functionality can be supported only through manual QoS prioritization.
High availabilityCisco switches offer innovative resiliency features like ISSU, GIR, redundant hot swappable power supplies and fans, and N+1 chassis redundancy with Cisco StackWise-480 physical stacks and 1+1 virtual stack redundancy with Cisco StackWise Virtual LimitedHuawei claims ISSU on some of its switches.
Support redundancy for business resiliency.Cisco switches offer innovative resiliency features like ISSU, GIR, redundant hot swappable power supplies and fans, and N+1 chassis redundancy with Cisco StackWise-480 physical stacks and 1+1 virtual stack redundancy with Cisco StackWise Virtual Huawei claims ISSU on some of its switches.
Consistent application performance across the networkThrough best practices, Video QoS provides a simplified method of delivering end-to-end QoS.
Help ensure voice and video experience across a network automatically, without IT intervention.Through best practices, Video QoS provides a simplified method of delivering end-to-end QoS.
Detect and set features to new devices Cisco Auto Smartports dynamically detects devices and configures ports based on device type.LimitedHPE can detect and set characteristics on an AP attaching to an HPE switch, but cannot detect other types of devices.
When IP phones, cameras, access points, or other devices connect, configurations such as QoS, VLAN, and security are automatically applied. Cisco Auto Smartports dynamically detects devices and configures ports based on device type.HPE can detect and set characteristics on an AP attaching to an HPE switch, but cannot detect other types of devices.
Power resiliency for IoT and other devicesCisco offers Perpetual PoE and Fast PoE and 90W UPOE+, and provides multiple-level redundancy through StackWise-480 technology and StackWise Virtual technology.LimitedHPE offers basic PoE/PoE+ (30W) support, and supplies 1:1 power redundancy via dual power supplies supported in a limited number of switches.LimitedHuawei supports PoE and PoE+ PoH (95W) on a single S5700 platform. Power redundancy is 1:1 PoH (power over HDMI) (95W) on a single S5700 platform.
Get an always-on environment for IoT and other devices that are powered by PoE, even when the switch reboots.Cisco offers Perpetual PoE and Fast PoE and 90W UPOE+, and provides multiple-level redundancy through StackWise-480 technology and StackWise Virtual technology.HPE offers basic PoE/PoE+ (30W) support, and supplies 1:1 power redundancy via dual power supplies supported in a limited number of switches.Huawei supports PoE and PoE+ PoH (95W) on a single S5700 platform. Power redundancy is 1:1 PoH (power over HDMI) (95W) on a single S5700 platform.

Security

Integrated securityCisco switches offer advanced security features, such as Cisco TrustSec, network as a service (NaaS), Cisco Network Security Analytics, Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Identity Services Engine, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Network as an Enforcer (NaaE), mDNS gateway, and MACsec-256 link encryption.
Be prepared to secure your network from constantly evolving threats.Cisco switches offer advanced security features, such as Cisco TrustSec, network as a service (NaaS), Cisco Network Security Analytics, Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Identity Services Engine, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Network as an Enforcer (NaaE), mDNS gateway, and MACsec-256 link encryption.
Threat detectionHelp eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Trustworthy Solutions, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Identity Services Engine, and Rapid Threat Containment.LimitedHPE offers sFlow, ClearPass, and Tunneled Node to support security across wired and wireless.
Rapidly eliminate threats across the entire network (wired and wireless) from a single place.Help eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Trustworthy Solutions, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Identity Services Engine, and Rapid Threat Containment.HPE offers sFlow, ClearPass, and Tunneled Node to support security across wired and wireless.
Intent-based networking for availability, agility, and policy segmentationCentralize and automate network design, policy, and provisioning of all wired and wireless networks with Cisco DNA Center.LimitedAruba Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution, but it cannot scale.
Intent-based networking improves network availability and agility. It streamlines end-to-end network lifecycle management through automated design, implementation, and operation and advanced network assurance. Download Gartner report.Centralize and automate network design, policy, and provisioning of all wired and wireless networks with Cisco DNA Center.Aruba Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution, but it cannot scale.

Services for Switching

DepthCisco offers end-to-end custom services, with expert guidance for accelerating deployment and transitioning to a new or expanded Cisco Catalyst 9000 switching portfolio.Network Infrastructure Services span the entire lifecycle, with key Advisory and Professional Services that include implementation, network improvement, pre-deployment strategy, deployment, and integration for Aruba switches. LimitedHuawei has a small range of differentiated planning, design, and implementation services, but no clear or extensive messaging related to switching services.Network Life-Cycle Services feature advisory, custom implementation, testing, onsite technical, remote operational, maintenance, remote managed, education, and certification services for switching support. Juniper recently acquired Mist Systems for Wi-Fi and indoor location services, which supports 802.11ax-ready cognitive Wi-Fi switches.
Cisco offers end-to-end custom services, with expert guidance for accelerating deployment and transitioning to a new or expanded Cisco Catalyst 9000 switching portfolio.Network Infrastructure Services span the entire lifecycle, with key Advisory and Professional Services that include implementation, network improvement, pre-deployment strategy, deployment, and integration for Aruba switches. Huawei has a small range of differentiated planning, design, and implementation services, but no clear or extensive messaging related to switching services.Network Life-Cycle Services feature advisory, custom implementation, testing, onsite technical, remote operational, maintenance, remote managed, education, and certification services for switching support. Juniper recently acquired Mist Systems for Wi-Fi and indoor location services, which supports 802.11ax-ready cognitive Wi-Fi switches.
Level of network expertise for ease of adoption and deploymentCisco experts perform services such as Cisco DNA Advisory Service, SD-WAN & SD-Access Advise and Implement Quick Start, and Solution Support, the primary point of contact for all issues including third-party network environments. These include Smart Net Total Care (SNTC), Software Support, Solution Support, Business Critical Services, CX Advanced Services, and Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS). Cisco also provides versatile cross-architecture capabilities that incorporate Network Optimization Services for SD-Access, Cisco DNA, SD-WAN, networking, WLAN, and security.LimitedHPE assists with deployment of Aruba AirWave as its WLAN management system for network management and monitoring requirements. HPE also assists with the implementation, configuration, and integration of the predefined management and monitoring design and prepares it for operation with the customer's network.LimitedHuawei offers several downloadable Quick Guides, including Quick Start, Configuration, Maintenance, and Upgrade guides.Juniper offers an Enterprise Switching QuickStart program to help ensure a customer solution is operational. An onsite consultant develops the initial configuration and deployment of a switching environment. A knowledge transfer session, including a review of local implementation and configuration options, is available but is not intended as a substitute for training.
Cisco experts perform services such as Cisco DNA Advisory Service, SD-WAN & SD-Access Advise and Implement Quick Start, and Solution Support, the primary point of contact for all issues including third-party network environments. These include Smart Net Total Care (SNTC), Software Support, Solution Support, Business Critical Services, CX Advanced Services, and Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS). Cisco also provides versatile cross-architecture capabilities that incorporate Network Optimization Services for SD-Access, Cisco DNA, SD-WAN, networking, WLAN, and security.HPE assists with deployment of Aruba AirWave as its WLAN management system for network management and monitoring requirements. HPE also assists with the implementation, configuration, and integration of the predefined management and monitoring design and prepares it for operation with the customer's network.Huawei offers several downloadable Quick Guides, including Quick Start, Configuration, Maintenance, and Upgrade guides.Juniper offers an Enterprise Switching QuickStart program to help ensure a customer solution is operational. An onsite consultant develops the initial configuration and deployment of a switching environment. A knowledge transfer session, including a review of local implementation and configuration options, is available but is not intended as a substitute for training.
SecuritySecurity Segmentation, a workshop-based service, creates a segmentation strategy aligned with business objectives. The service helps reduce risk by applying security and policy controls across compliance, threat detection, content security, data loss prevention, and other security disciplines. These controls help protect data and intellectual property from internal and external cyber attacks.HPE Security Risk Management and Digital Protection Services include a workshop based on knowledge and experience with new technology megatrends, risk and threat management, and protection models to align business needs and priorities. It provides a structured walk-through of concepts and models for protecting the digital enterprise.Network Security Design Service leverages a continuously updated database and six management and control technologies to provide designs for access security, transmission security, data security, access behavior control, and audit compliance. The network is properly divided into several security domains, based on customers' business and network-security-protection requirements.Advisory security services include a Security Intelligence Readiness Evaluation, which provides information that helps thwart cyber attacks. It assesses site design and architecture for potential vulnerabilities, while preparing a summary of the assessment and recommendations.
Security Segmentation, a workshop-based service, creates a segmentation strategy aligned with business objectives. The service helps reduce risk by applying security and policy controls across compliance, threat detection, content security, data loss prevention, and other security disciplines. These controls help protect data and intellectual property from internal and external cyber attacks.HPE Security Risk Management and Digital Protection Services include a workshop based on knowledge and experience with new technology megatrends, risk and threat management, and protection models to align business needs and priorities. It provides a structured walk-through of concepts and models for protecting the digital enterprise.Network Security Design Service leverages a continuously updated database and six management and control technologies to provide designs for access security, transmission security, data security, access behavior control, and audit compliance. The network is properly divided into several security domains, based on customers' business and network-security-protection requirements.Advisory security services include a Security Intelligence Readiness Evaluation, which provides information that helps thwart cyber attacks. It assesses site design and architecture for potential vulnerabilities, while preparing a summary of the assessment and recommendations.

Updated on February 2020 based on public information.

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