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How to compare Cisco vs. HP switches

I'm evaluating Cisco switches vs. HP ProCurve switches. What are the major things to consider?

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For networking professionals comparing switches from different vendors, there are a wide variety of different switches available, and various things to consider, depending on the business size, budget and requirements. Two of the biggest switch vendors are Cisco and HP, both of which offer wide lines of networking switches. There's been a good deal of discussion about the suitability of Cisco switches vs. HP switches for office environments.

Experts say that the HP ProCurve switches directly compete with Cisco's networking switches, and that there's friction between the two companies, which once had a long and productive partnership.

On BradReese.com, find analysis and information about various different switch options, including a Tolly Group comparison of HP ProCurve vs. Cisco TCO, and more.

The Tolly Group’s website has a variety of independent research reports on comparing switches, including those from HP switches and Cisco switches.

Blogger and networking guru Jason Abrahamson said ProCurve’s features may not stack up against Cisco’s, but any compromises were well worth the greatly reduced price tag.

On ITKnowledgeExchange, member Yasirirfan suggests Cisco is the way to go for a large business. According to Yasirirfan, who has worked with switches from a variety of vendors, Cisco is the clear leader for the enterprise. HP switches can be sufficient for a simple set up at a small business if price is the major deciding factor in the evaluation process.

And TechTarget reporter Shamus McGillicuddy reported that Cisco might be willing to negotiate when it comes to switch pricing to compete with HP ProCurve.

More resources on Cisco vs. HP switches

Find out about HP's switch strategy to dominate the data center

Read about Cisco’s blade switch launches and their stake in the market

Learn how to configure VLAN trunking between HP ProCurve switches and Cisco Catalyst switches

Discover why Cisco and HP are working together on VEPA virtual switch standard

Get information on Cisco's stackable switches and their role in LAN design

Read about why the HP ProCurve 5000 won a gold award in SearchNetworking's Products of the Year

Note: This tip is a compilation of advice from various experts on our site.

This was first published in February 2012

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