Cisco (CSCO) has lost some share in the corporate Ethernet switch market this year, as the likes...

Cisco (CSCO) has lost some share in the corporate Ethernet switch market this year, as the likes of H-P (HPQ), Dell (DELL), Netgear (NTGR), and Juniper (JNPR) step up their efforts. But as an InformationWeek survey of IT pros indicates, Cisco's dominance is still unquestioned. 85% of respondents said they've used or evaluated Cisco gear, compared with just 35% for H-P, 22% for Dell and Netgear, and 20% for Juniper.

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  • MattGiuermo
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    HP's acquisition of 3Com and Tipping Point now bring an enterprise class ethernet switching portfolio and IPS/IDS to the market to compete with Cisco's stronghold in North America. 3Com has dominated the Asian market with as large of a percentage of port counts as Cisco has done in North America. I would expect Cisco's dominance to slowly erode over time as the HP tech giant continues to invest in the networking business. With the addition of A series switching in their portfolio, HP networking has been able to outperform the latest Cisco flagship platform (Nexus) at nearly 30% less TCO over a 5 year span, this figure increases after year 5 indefinitely factoring in support which is required by both vendors. (I am a network solutions architect with over 30 years of practice not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this article. My primary responsibility is enterprise network consulting for large companies in the United States. I hold the highest level of certifications from both HP and Cisco on their networking platforms)
    22 Nov 2011, 08:39 PM Reply Like
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