Guest

Wireless Competitive Comparison Chart

Cisco

HPE

Huawei

Expand all

Innovations

Recognize and service 1400+ appsCisco access switches can inspect traffic and application flows to enforce network access policy and protect against attacks via Cisco Flexible NetFlow, DNS-AS, NBAR, and Prime Infrastructure.HPE switching platforms are limited to basic traffic classification and policy enforcement via ACL and are further limited by memory capacity in the access switching platforms.Limited Limited SLA monitoring with iPCA
Differentiate between non-encrypted 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 via Cisco Flexible NetFlow, DNS-AS, NBAR, and Prime Infrastructure.HPE switching platforms are limited to basic traffic classification and policy enforcement via ACL and are further limited by memory capacity in the access switching platforms. Limited SLA monitoring with iPCA
Track users on location via BLE or Wi-FiCisco CMX, along with Virtual BLE Beacon and Hyperlocation, supports the tracking of BLE and Wi-Fi devices with location accuracy up to 1-2 meters.LimitedHPE has limited support with Bluetooth in the access points but lacks precise Wi-Fi based location.
Get a realistic and granular view of customer locations, whether tracking via BLE or Wi-Fi.Cisco CMX, along with Virtual BLE Beacon and Hyperlocation, supports the tracking of BLE and Wi-Fi devices with location accuracy up to 1-2 meters.HPE has limited support with Bluetooth in the access points but lacks precise Wi-Fi based location.
Engage with customers on locationThe Cisco CMX solution offers a better understanding of how users interact with the environment so businesses can make better decisions. HPE provides BLE location in its access points, tags, and Meridian application for way​finding and customer engagement.
Make relevant business decisions while providing a more personalized experience for customers.The Cisco CMX solution offers a better understanding of how users interact with the environment so businesses can make better decisions. HPE provides BLE location in its access points, tags, and Meridian application for way​finding and customer engagement.
Monitoring by endpoint typeCisco can use analytics to monitor behavior with Stealthwatch and NetFlow, and classify traffic on the edge and the inside the network with TrustSec.LimitedVery limited functionality, with Aruba Tunneled Node offered as a limited solution.Limited iPCA 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 the inside the network with TrustSec.Very limited functionality, with Aruba Tunneled Node offered as a limited solution. 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.Limited No 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 AP4050DN with some modularity for IOT use cases.
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 access points that support location-based analytics and beacons/BLE.

Only AP4050DN with some modularity for IOT use cases.

Agility

Improve experience for Apple usersCisco and Apple have joined efforts to provide better user experiences for Apple device users when connected to a Cisco network.LimitedFunctionality can only be supported through manual QoS prioritization and Wi-Fi standards. LimitedFunctionality can only be supported 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 when connected to a Cisco network.Functionality can only be supported through manual QoS prioritization and Wi-Fi standards. Functionality can only be supported through manual QoS prioritization.
Help ensure user experience during peak timesFlexible Radio Assignment will automatically optimize your network and improve user experiences during unpredicted times of high density.LimitedHuawei supports software-based radio configuration in its AP8030 but it does not support dual 5-GHz radios in its APs.
Automatically optimize a wireless network during unexpected peak times without adding new access points.Flexible Radio Assignment will automatically optimize your network and improve user experiences during unpredicted times of high density. Huawei supports software-based radio configuration in its AP8030 but it does not support dual 5-GHz radios in its APs.
Consistent application performance across the ​networkThrough best practices, the EasyQoS application provides a simplified method of delivering end-to-end QoS.Limited
Help ensure voice and video experiences across a network automatically, without IT intervention.Through best practices, the EasyQoS application provides 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 StackWise .LimitedHPE 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.
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 StackWise .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.
Consistent automation across the WAN, WLAN, and wired network​Use Prime Infrastructure to centrally provision WAN path selection with IWAN and security, encryption, to application visibility and control​​ via APIC-EM and TrustSec.LimitedHPE uses SDN controllers and AirWave for automated deployment of switches and APs. Missing is the ability to manage WAN devices in AirWave.
Using a single pane of glass, deploy a new branch online, or roll out a new application policy within minutes.Use Prime Infrastructure to centrally provision WAN path selection with IWAN and security, encryption, to application visibility and control​​ via APIC-EM and TrustSec.HPE uses SDN controllers and AirWave for automated deployment of switches and APs. Missing is the ability to manage WAN devices in AirWave.

Security

Threat detectionEliminate threats across the network with Cisco’s effective security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Identity Services Engine, and Rapid Threat Containment.
Rapidly eliminate threats across the entire network (wired and wireless) from a single placeEliminate threats across the network with Cisco’s effective security solutions. Products include Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Identity Services Engine, and Rapid Threat Containment.
Identify wireless sources of interference or threatsCisco Aironet access points use Clean Air, Hyperlocation Module, and Flexible Radio Assignment to scan, locate, and eliminate security threats or RF interference.​.HPE uses a software-based solution which lacks efficiency and does not provide continuous scanning on all channels.
Automatically detect and mitigate sources of threats or RF interference in a wireless network without impacting performance.Cisco Aironet access points use Clean Air, Hyperlocation Module, and Flexible Radio Assignment to scan, locate, and eliminate security threats or RF interference.​.HPE uses a software-based solution which lacks efficiency and does not provide continuous scanning on all channels.
Security active-learningCisco Talos feeds strengthen defenses and protect against known and emerging threats.Through the Niara acquisition and integration in ClearPass, HPE can provide machine learning for security concerns.
Prevent new threats to the network before being hacked.Cisco Talos feeds strengthen defenses and protect against known and emerging threats.Through the Niara acquisition and integration in ClearPass, HPE can provide machine learning for security concerns.
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. 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.

Updated on October 11, 2017, based on public information.

Compare other network technologies