Cisco (CSCO) and Juniper (JNPR) could face a long-term challenge from startups such as Nicira,...

|About: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)|By:, SA News Editor

Cisco (CSCO) and Juniper (JNPR) could face a long-term challenge from startups such as Nicira, who use a combination of third-party chips and network virtualization technology to enable switching solutions they tout as both cheaper than traditional offerings, and more flexible from a software/services standpoint. However, Cisco and Juniper assert their proprietary solutions still offer major performance benefits.