Menu
CIOs see Cisco gaining, Juniper in trials

CIOs see Cisco gaining, Juniper in trials

The top three priorities for CIOs in 2012 are security, wireless LAN and Ethernet switching, according to a survey conducted by investment firm UBS.

In querying 100 CIOs (60 in the United States and 40 in Europe), UBS found that not only were these topics high priorities, but by an even wider margin this quarter than in its previous surveys.

WHAT ARE THEY NOT BUYING? Gartner lowers 2012 IT spending forecast to 3.7% growth

The findings bode well for Cisco. Not only are they leaders in WLANs and Ethernet switching, 27% of the CIOs surveyed expect Cisco to gain share vs. competitors on a global basis. This is the strongest result for Cisco in the past four UBS surveys, the firm notes.

“We view Cisco as more likely to preserve/ gain share in networking after it restructured through 2011, and this is consistent with the view of 80% of respondents,” UBS analyst Nikos Theodosopoulos stated in a report on the survey. “We expect continued Cisco gains in the blade server market.”

On the competitive front, UBS found that Juniper’s QFabric is most likely to be part of the company’s 2013 product cycle. It’s still in early evaluation for now, UBS notes, and 10% to 15% of the survey respondents plan to trial the product this year.

No surveyed CIOs actually plan to deploy either the top-of-rack QFX or the more complete QFabric Interconnect system in 2012, the UBS survey found.

“The challenge for Juniper is that other competitors continue to enhance their offerings including Cisco, Brocade, Arista, Dell/Force10, and others, while Huawei has re-entered the enterprise market,” Theodosopoulos states.

Huawei’s enterprise re-entry doesn’t scare Cisco, even though Cisco views Huawei, which competes on much lower price, as its toughest competitor and with the tinge of contempt. CEO John Chambers already said the Chinese company “doesn’t always play by the rules.” And at the recent Cisco Partner Summit, he and Executive Vice President Rob Lloyd had more critical observations of the company’s enterprise efforts.

“They’re coming after the networking channel and they’re finding that the interest from the Cisco networking channel is very low in the value proposition that they bring,” said Lloyd, who heads Cisco’s worldwide sales. “They are copying our [channel] program, they are emulating what we say to our partners, but what we deliver is based on trust and relationship and a deep understanding as to how the service model works, and that’s not the actual capability that Huawei brings. So we feel very encouraged that at this stage, the Cisco channel is rejecting the attention of Huawei and we’re very happy that they’re successful at the expense of our other competitors.”

Said Chambers: “Our win rate is going up pretty rapidly vs. Huawei. Cheap isn’t necessarily cheap. It’s what can you do to really change a marketplace.”

Things aren't as bad as Cisco portrays, according to Huawei.

"Such comments are unfortunate," says William Plummer, vice president of external affairs for Huawei.  "Huawei has great respect for Cisco and, like Cisco, Huawei has earned trust and respect in the over 140 markets in which we do business, supporting over 500 telecommunications operators and connecting almost one-third of the world's population.  Huawei also takes pride in having developed and deployed fresh and future-oriented channel programs, which, contrary to suggestions otherwise, have been met with sighs of welcome relief from partners who have been starving for alternatives to the dated models and solutions of the past.”

Read more about lan and wan in Network World's LAN & WAN section.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments