Cisco, as the big brother in the telecom industry, has dominated the market of networking devices (like routers and switches) for a long time. No one can compete with him. Huawei, however, is the rising star in the Chinese market. It ranked 83rd in the latest Fortune 500 list on July 23, 2017. Many people assume that in the near future, Huawei will lead the world instead of Cisco. Thus, in this article, we are going to analyze the strength of Cisco and Huawei, along with the differences between Cisco and Huawei switches.
Cisco Vs Huawei — Brand Awareness and Market Share
Both Cisco and Huawei are the relatively young enterprises, which are founded in the 1980s. With 30 years’ development, Cisco was at the top of the respondent edge/core router and CES manufacturer leadership scores. Cisco systems mainly offer networking devices, networking management, Cisco IoS/NX-OS software, storage area networks, wireless equipment, data center devices, and interface & modules, etc.
The above table shows the basics of the two companies.
According to Fortune 2017, Huawei, with the revenues of $78.5108 billion rank No.83 in Fortune 500 List, which is also the first time in the top hundred. Huawei is famous for mobile and fixed broadband networks. Recently, their optical switches, multimedia technology, tablet computers also win the heart of customers. Ren zhengfei, founder of the Huawei Technology, once said Huawei’s secret of success is our focus and dedication to our customers. Huawei will embrace a better future.
IHS Markit Analysis
In the 2016 study, Cisco along with Juniper, Huawei, and Nokia (including Alcatel-Lucent), form a top tier clearly separated by a wide margin from the other manufacturers. There was a big gap between these four and their competitors, with the sole exception being the price-to-performance ratio.
We ask carrier survey respondents to rate their familiarity with service provider edge/core router and /or CES manufactures.
Looking at the individual manufacturer selection criteria, for technology innovation and product roadmap, Cisco and Nokia were numbers one and two, respectively. And for price-to-performance ratio, Huawei at number one.
For the full year 2016, Cisco declined 3.7% over 2015, while recording 57.0% market share (compared to 60.6% in 2015). In the hotly contested 10GbE segment, Cisco held 53.0% of the market in 4Q16, finishing essentially flat over the previous quarter.
Huawei continued to perform well in both the Ethernet switch and the router markets. For the full year 2016, Huawei’s Ethernet switch revenues grew 61.8%, leading to a market share of 7.0%, compared to 4.4% in 2015.
Why Would People Go for Huawei?
The reasons that Huawei becomes so strong are not only due to the support from the government, but also because of its powerful local support capability. There are bugs in high-end devices, and this is inevitable. If two Cisco engineers are assigned to solve the problem, Huawei can assign 20 engineers to fix it. Besides, if one major client like CT has customized requirements, Huawei can ask product engineers to work in the CT office as soon as possible. This kind of quick response ability is obviously an advantageous factor for Huawei to excel in its own home court.
Cisco Vs Huawei — Switch Comparison
There is some relationship between Cisco Switch and Huawei Switch. So Cisco Switch or Huawei Switch? The following comparison simplifies the relationship of Cisco switch and Huawei switch, which can help you select the most suitable switch devices for your office, or company and organizations.
The popular series of Cisco switches are the enterprise switches, Catalyst series, and Nexus switches. Cisco Catalyst series includes 2960 series, 3650 series, 3850 series, 4500E series, etc. Cisco Nexus series includes 9000 series, 7000 series, 6000 series, 5000 series, 3000 series, 2000 series, etc. Cisco Catalyst switches are designed for core layers in the campus network, while the Nexus is mainly for data centers. Nexus series switches can support Ethernet, Fibre Channel and FCOE all in the same chassis but the catalyst doesn’t. The catalyst switches support only Ethernet.
Huawei switches also have various series, such as data center switches, campus switches, and SOHO & SMB switches. The popular one is the campus switches. In all the campus switches, the S5700 series is the hottest switch. To have a further understanding, the following part will briefly compare Cisco WS-C3850-24T-L and Huawei S5700-28X-LI-AC switches.
Cisco WS-C3850-24T-L Vs. Huawei S5700-28X-LI-AC
WS-C3850-24T-L is Cisco Catalyst 3850 24 Port LAN Base equipped with stackable 24 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 350W AC power supply.
- WS=Switch C=catalyst 3850=3850 series
- 24=Ethernet Port Number
- T=Ethernet Ports
- L=LAN Base image
S5700-28X-LI-AC is the Huawei S5700 series 10G switches, which are equipped with 24×10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports and 4x10GE SFP+ ports.
- 57=5700 Series
- 00=5700 Sub Series like 5710 series
- 28=the biggest number of data interfaces is 48, including uplinks and downlinks
- Li=S5700 series
- AC=Ac power supply
To sum up, each Cisco Catalyst 3850 model, is similar to an S5700 model or is equivalent to one of Huawei S5700 models, which will not be listed here.
FS.COM White Box switches and Compatible Transceiver Modules
FS 40G/100G white box switches provide high performance, increased availability, low latency and better serviceability for next-generation data centers and enterprise networks in different applications. And they also support spine-leaf network topology that leverage commoditized hardware for the best price/performance, just as shown below.
Besides the 40G/100G white box data center switches, we also provide a full series of compatible transceiver modules including the SFP, SFP+, QSFP+, SFP28, QSFP28, CFP, etc, which are compliant with a major brand. Custom service is also available.
Cisco Vs Huawei, we can’t say which one is better than the other. To be considered the No.1 choice for your network, Cisco switches meet the needs of organizations and offices of all sizes and sorts. As for Huawei, it has several product lines that are similar to Cisco devices but have their own network hardware lines and IT solutions for different network demands. Besides Cisco and Huawei, there are other brands that are also effective and reliable, such as FS enterprise Ethernet switches.
Note from the editors: The contents in the article in any form does not reflect the opinion of fomsn.com. They are purely of Ms. Angelina from FS.com.