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Innovations

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 unmatched 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.
Digital Network Architecture (DNA)Cisco DNA is an open and extensible software-based architecture that accelerates and optimizes enterprise network operations.
Cisco DNA provides a superior customer experience and simplifies business operations.Cisco DNA is an open and extensible software-based architecture that accelerates and optimizes enterprise network operations.
Multigigabit technologyCisco Catalyst Multigigabit Technology can prepare customers’ access networks for future innovations by delivering speeds of 1G, 2.5G, and 5G on existing Category 5e/6 cables.LimitedHPE offers equivalent multigigabit technology, with SmartRate limited to a couple of product platforms and a limited number of ports.LimitedHuawei S5720-14X-PWH-SI-AC claims multigigabit speeds, but only up to 2.5G.
Give customers switches for 802.11ac and beyond.Cisco Catalyst Multigigabit Technology can prepare customers’ access networks for future innovations by delivering speeds of 1G, 2.5G, and 5G on existing Category 5e/6 cables.HPE offers equivalent multigigabit technology, with SmartRate limited to a couple of product platforms and a limited number of ports.Huawei S5720-14X-PWH-SI-AC claims multigigabit speeds, but only up to 2.5G.
Application Visibility and Control (AVC)Cisco access switches can inspect traffic and application flows to enforce network access policy and protect against attacks with Cisco Flexible NetFlow, DNS-AS, NBAR, and Cisco Prime Infrastructure.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.Cisco access switches can inspect traffic and application flows to enforce network access policy and protect against attacks with Cisco Flexible NetFlow, DNS-AS, NBAR, and Cisco Prime Infrastructure.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 Prime Infrastructure to centrally provision WAN path selection with IWAN and security, encryption, app visibility, and control with APIC-EM and Cisco TrustSec.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.
Deploy a new branch online, or roll out a new application policy within minutes using a single pane of control and true network convergence.Use Cisco Prime Infrastructure to centrally provision WAN path selection with IWAN and security, encryption, app visibility, and control with APIC-EM and Cisco TrustSec.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.
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 upgradesThrough the integration of custom ASICs, UADP, and access point modularity, Cisco offers support for new innovations.LimitedNo support for modular APs. Switching platforms use a custom ASIC with limited extensibility.No current support for modular APs or switches.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.Through the integration of custom ASICs, UADP, and access point modularity, Cisco offers support for new innovations.No support for modular APs. Switching platforms use a custom ASIC with limited extensibility.No current support for modular APs or switches.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 only be supported 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 only be supported through manual QoS prioritization and Wi-Fi standards.Functionality can be supported only through manual QoS prioritization.
High availabilityCisco switches offer innovative ISSU features and hot-standby N+1 redundancy in stacks.​LimitedHuawei claims ISSU on some of its switches.
Support redundancy for business resiliency.Cisco switches offer innovative ISSU features and hot-standby N+1 redundancy in stacks.​ Huawei claims ISSU on some of its switches.
Consistent application performance across the networkThrough best practices, the EasyQoS application provides customers with 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, the EasyQoS application provides customers with a simplified method of delivering end-to-end QoS.
Detect and set features to new devicesThrough Cisco Auto Smartports, devices are dynamically detected and ports configured based on the device type detected on the port.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.Through Cisco Auto Smartports, devices are dynamically detected and ports configured based on the device type detected on the port.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 Persistent PoE and Fast PoE and Universal PoE while providing multiple-level redundancy through StackPower.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 via PoE, even when the switch reboots.Cisco offers Persistent PoE and Fast PoE and Universal PoE while providing multiple-level redundancy through StackPower.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 like Cisco TrustSec, Network as a Service (NaaS), Network as an Enforcer (NaaE), mDNS gateway, and 256-bit MACsec.
Be consistently ahead of the game to secure the network.Cisco switches offer advanced security features like Cisco TrustSec, Network as a Service (NaaS), Network as an Enforcer (NaaE), mDNS gateway, and 256-bit MACsec.
Threat detectionEliminate threats across the network with Cisco's effective security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, 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.Eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's effective security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Identity Services Engine, and Rapid Threat Containment.HPE offers sFlow, ClearPass, and Tunneled Node to support security across wired and wireless.
Simplified user, device, and group segmentationApply context-based policy across the entire network in a click using Identity Services Engine and TrustSec.LimitedAruba Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution but cannot scale.
Allows guest or contractor access to a specific resource on your network. Allows users and devices to easily move between branches and campuses on both WLAN and wired networks.Apply context-based policy across the entire network in a click using Identity Services Engine and TrustSec.Aruba Tunneled Node is offered as a catch-all solution but cannot scale.

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