Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks
At the present time, there are two computer companies that offer businesses a multitude of options for configuring communication and networking systems for their operational needs. These two competitors, Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, are big name brands for creating technology that is in tune with the demands businesses place on their networking infrastructure - an infrastructure that has become the primary operational concern for the modern business model. Both companies develop networking and communication technologies with business in mind, offer quality products to the computing public, and are almost always locked into the argument of which company creates the better product.
Cisco started out as a technology firm in 1984, and since then has become the top name in network systems. Apart from engineering network solutions in both hardware design and software engineering, Cisco has also taken the role as a telecommunications giant, influencing the ways in which businesses communicate via distance. Traded on the NYSE, Cisco has the financial strength and proven track record to influence computer systems much in the same fashion that Microsoft does with personal computer systems and server technology. Due the fact that Cisco has such a large product base covering multiple sectors of the industry, they also have their own vendor specific educational system in which to train and credential tech support teams, engineers, or specialists.
Juniper Networks could be considered the top rival to Cisco in the technology sector. Established in 1996, Juniper Networks set out to compete in the networking infrastructure business through the creation of networks products for a general public that was just beginning to recognize the strength of the internet. Since that time, Juniper Networks has become one of the stronger competitors to Cisco, creating vastly similar products and technologies that would allow them to compete on the open market. Although Juniper was originally created as a company to handle network solutions, they, like Cisco, have also begun to tap into other technology sectors that may both require innovation and they can be profitable. Also considered a private vendor like Cisco or Microsoft, Juniper Networks also sponsors an educational program for IT specialists to enroll and learn about managing Junipers software, JUNOS, and their manufactured technologies.
One of the hot topics in networking circles at this time is the comparison of these two giants of technology; often resulting in questions pertaining to who makes the better product. Although both of these companies are incredibly competitive against one another, it would have to be said that although Juniper Networks is well known amongst technology sectors, Cisco might be more of a commonly known company within the general computing public. Although this could be substantially based on a strong marketing campaign designed to lure businesses into using Cisco products, popular opinion through a marketing campaign doesn’t effectively demonstrate the product quality of each company. More often than not a heated debate, the argument always tends to boil down to user base and product usage for each manufacturer, challenging pros and cons of using one company’s technology over the others.
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