Why they’re here: It’s always been that way – Cisco remains the biggest single player in corporate networks and it’s not that close. The company offers comprehensive purchases of almost everything you could need for your network and ensures that its products play well with each other.
Sure, they don’t have to play so well with other people’s gear, and according to some price tags, your eyes may look good, but Cisco still has a strong and reliable technology base. Their devices are up to date and latest on technology and is a company that needs to be beaten in key areas of the enterprise networking vendors.
Recent Power Movements: In early 2017, Cisco used Saggeza’s data and analytics, the Viptela SD-WAN player, to win a lawsuit against rival Arist for a patent lawsuit.
HPE / Aruba
Why they’re here: Aruba is Cisco’s largest non-Cisco wireless LAN name, and is the only other company to take over some of the “leaders” of the Magic Quadrant from Gartner Research for wireless and wireless LAN infrastructure.
Aruba, which acquired HP months before the company split into two companies in late 2015, is now a wireless subsidiary of HPE — former CEO Dominic Orr joked that Aruba was really building the HP network, not the other way around. According to Gartner, this represents about 20 percent of the world’s revenue from wireless services.
Recent Power Trends: Aruba has recently pushed into the major conversion market and released new hardware along with the ArubaOS-CX operating system, which bills as an all-in-one solution for visibility and control for an increasingly difficult enterprise with IoT.
According to data: 7.5 million – The company is cooperating with the Texas A&M Institute of Transportation on a project to optimize traffic and traffic flow, which will affect 7.5 million annual cyclists at the College Station camp.
Why I’m Here: Juniper is a persistent contender and one of Cisco’s two well-known companies in the network data center industry. Their data center solutions are well-integrated, sophisticated, and generally should work better with third-party products than Cisco.
In the field of networking and other next-generation network topologies, Juniper has moved faster than the competition, and the company’s software is highly regarded and is moving towards open frameworks that integrate seamlessly with other parts of the network.
Recent Power Movements: The company has hired a new CTO, former Google employee Bikash Kolay, and announced it has met its earnings targets for the second quarter of this year.
Why I’m Here: Huawei intervenes in many segments of the enterprise networking market, from core networks to WLANs to WANs (it does almost everything else as well, including smartphones and tablets).
The company’s presence in the United States has been somewhat limited due to questions about the safety of its products and its relationship with the Chinese government, but no such restrictions exist in many other markets around the world.
Simply put, Huawei is looking to become a Chinese Cisco. The company is second to Cisco in key turnover and industry, and third after Cisco and HPE / Aruba in WLAN. So it looks like it is on the road.
Why they are here: Arista focuses on the weight of meeting space, making it one of the best companies in the world. It was the only company that partnered with the “leaders” with Cisco in Gartner’s significant and transformative Magic Quadrant, and in that place, the differences were many and varied.
The elephant in the Arista room, however, is suing for infringement of a patent that Cisco came up with, which is not good for Arista. It will not leave the company or anything else, but it is not good for Arista’s general image and headache in designing its products.
Recent performance changes: The latest versions of Arista – new hardware (silicone buyers!) In the R Series and software upgrades – have been ranked among the most talented on the market.