Cisco vs Juniper vs HP vs Alcatel-Lucent Network Comparison 

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Cisco, Juniper, HP, and Alcatel-Lucent (AL) are all titans of the networking industry. All four companies also have differing approaches to how networking should be accomplished. This article will look at some of the key differences between each network OEM.

 

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Cost

 

OEM

Cost

Cisco

High

HP

Moderate

Juniper

Low

Alcatel-Lucent

Moderate

Each company has slightly different approaches in pricing their networks:

 

  • Cisco: Products are capable of much more then their advertised purpose, as such cost more. Also, the most popular network OEM. 

  • HP: Products are similar in features to Cisco, but not quite as extensively featured. 

  • Juniper: Advertised product is exactly what you get, no more, no less. As such costs are much lower.
  • Alcatel-Lucent: Relatively new to the network industry. A-L is competitive on all fronts, as they are trying to gain marketshare. 

 

Warranty/Support

 

OEM

Warranty Coverage

Service Coverage

Cisco

1 Year - Lifetime (Plan)

Varying (Plan)

HP

Lifetime

3 Years

Juniper

1 Year - Lifetime

Varying (Plan)

Alcatel-Lucent

1 Year - Lifetime

Varying (Plan)

 

HP offers the strongest standard warranty of the group. Other companies offer varying warranty coverages based on service plans. 

Closing Comments

All companies offer strong networking options for the IT field. Any network solution is possible from any of the four companies. An OEM should be chosen based off of several things:

 

  1. Cost
  2. Features
  3. Familiarity: If IT staff must retrain to learn a new networking system, cost savings could be nullified.

 

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