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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
There's Nortel, 3com, Dell, HP, Juniper and many more. None has
anything close to the market share that Cisco has.

As the lower end of the market becomes more of a commodity it's hard
to tell but Cisco isn't going away anytime soon.

Jeff

On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 19:30:48 -0400, Dandelion

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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
87% market share is huge, but that's a data number and pertains to revenue.
When you look at port count the numbers change a bit, against Cisco.  The
implication is that Cisco's ports are more expensive.

Other points to consider are emerging markets, where Cisco's competition is
much more prominent, for example huawei-3Com


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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
You may wish to investigate Cisco System's Fiscal Year 2005 Competition
Statement:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/858877/000119312505187168/d10k.htm#toc63822_9

We compete in the networking and communications equipment markets,
providing products and services for transporting data, voice, and video
traffic across intranets, extranets, and the Internet. These markets
are characterized by rapid change, converging technologies, and a
migration to networking solutions that offer superior advantages. These
market factors represent both an opportunity and a competitive threat
to us. We compete with numerous vendors in each product category. The
overall number of our competitors providing niche product solutions may
increase. Also, the identity and composition of competitors may change
as we increase our activity in our advanced technology markets. As we
continue to expand our sales globally, we may see new competition in
different geographic regions. In particular, we are seeing
price-focused competitors from Asia, especially China, and we
anticipate this will continue.

Our competitors include 3Com; Alcatel; Avaya; Avici Systems; Brocade
Communications Systems, Inc.; Check Point Software Technologies; Ciena;
D-Link Corporation; Dell; Enterasys Networks; Extreme Networks; F5
Networks, Inc. Force10 Networks, Inc.; Foundry Networks; Fujitsu;
Hewlett-Packard Company; Huawei Technologies; Juniper Networks; Lucent
Technologies; McDATA Corporation; NETGEAR, Inc.; Nokia; Nortel
Networks; Redback Networks; Siemens AG; Sycamore Networks; and Symbol
Technologies, Inc., among others.

Some of these companies compete across many of our product lines, while
others are primarily focused in a specific product area.

Barriers to entry are relatively low, and new ventures to create
products that do or could compete with our products are regularly
formed. In addition, some of our competitors may have greater
resources, including technical and engineering resources, than we do.
As we expand into new markets, we will face competition not only from
our existing competitors but also from other competitors, including
existing companies with strong technological, marketing, and sales
positions in those markets. We also sometimes face competition from
resellers and distributors of our products. Companies with whom we have
strategic alliances in some areas may be competitors in other areas.

The principal competitive factors in the markets in which we presently
compete and may compete in the future include:

- The ability to provide a broad range of networking products and
services.

- Product performance.

- Price.

- The ability to introduce new products, including products with
price-performance advantages.

- The ability to reduce production costs.

- The ability to provide value-added features such as security,
reliability, and investment protection.

- Conformance to standards.

- Market presence.

- The ability to provide financing.

We also face competition from customers to whom we license or supply
technology and suppliers from whom we transfer technology. The inherent
nature of networking requires interoperability. As such, we must
cooperate and at the same time compete with many companies. Any
inability to effectively manage these complicated relationships with
customers, suppliers and strategic alliance partners could have a
material adverse effect on our business, operating results, and
financial condition and accordingly affect our chances of success.

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/858877/000119312505187168/d10k.htm#toc63822_9

Sincerely,

Brad Reese
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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
Yeah, if you really want to know how Cisco stacks up against competitors,
just ask Cisco.

You're a joke.



Re: Does Cisco have competitors?

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Cisco's release outlines their major markets, gives a comprehensive list of
their major competitors and identifies key areas which serious competitors
need to address.

The original post simple wanted to know what other brands of router there
are and whether Cisco's future looked 'bright'.

What's the joke?

BernieM



Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
Juniper Networks states,

"Competition in the network infrastructure and security markets is
intense.

Cisco Systems, has historically dominated the market, with other
companies such as Nortel Networks, Alcatel, CheckPoint Software
Technologies, and Huawei Technologies providing competitive products.

In addition, a number of public and private companies have announced
plans for new products to address the same needs that our products
address.

We believe that our ability to compete with Cisco and others depends
upon our ability to demonstrate that our products are superior in
meeting the needs of our current and potential customers.

We expect that, over time, large companies with significant resources,
technical expertise, market experience, customer relationships and
broad product lines, such as Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel, and Huawei
Technologies, will introduce new products which are designed to compete
more effectively in this market.

As a result, we expect to face increased competition in the future from
larger companies with significantly more resources than we have.

Although we believe that our technology and the purpose-built features
of our products make them unique and will enable us to compete
effectively with these companies, we cannot guarantee that we will be
successful.

Many of our current and potential competitors, such as Cisco, Nortel,
Alcatel, and Huawei Technologies have significantly broader product
lines than we do and may bundle their products with other networking
products in a manner that may discourage customers from purchasing our
products.

Also, many of our current and potential competitors have greater name
recognition and more extensive customer bases that could be leveraged.
Increased competition could result in price reduction, fewer customer
orders, reduced gross margins and loss of market share, any of which
could seriously harm our operating results.

There are also several other companies that claim to have products with
greater capabilities than our products.

Consolidation in this industry has begun, with one or more of these
smaller private companies being acquired by large, established
suppliers of network infrastructure products, and we believe it is
likely to continue.

As a result, we expect to face increased competition in the future from
larger companies with significantly more resources than we have.

Several companies also provide solutions that can substitute for some
uses of routers.

For example, high bandwidth Asynchronous Transfer Mode ("ATM")
switches are used in the core of certain major backbone service
providers.

ATM switches can carry a variety of traffic types, including voice,
video and data, using fixed, 53 byte cells.

Companies that use ATM switches are enhancing their products with new
software technologies such as Multi-Protocol Label Switching
("MPLS"), which can potentially simplify the task of mixing routers
and switches in the same network.

These substitutes can reduce the need for large numbers of routers."

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http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1043604/000095013406004424/f17833e10vk.htm#102

Sincerely,

Brad Reese
BradReese.Com - Global Cisco Systems Pre-Sales Support
http://www.bradreese.com/contact-us.htm#GLOBAL
1293 Hendersonville Road, Suite 17
Asheville, North Carolina  USA 28803
USA & Canada:  877-549-2680
International: 828-277-7272
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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
You might want to check out Vyatta.

www.vyatta.com

You can get performance on a commodity PC (32-bit, 33mhz PCI bus) roughly on
par with a 2600 series router...  and it's open-source.

They just reached the "v1.0" milestone...






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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
Yes. One of them is Juniper.
Derick Winkworth wrote:
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Re: Does Cisco have competitors?
Juniper appears quite concerned about solutions that "substitute" for
routers.

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Juniper Networks states,

"Competition in the network infrastructure and security markets is
intense.

Cisco Systems, has historically dominated the market, with other
companies such as Nortel Networks, Alcatel, CheckPoint Software
Technologies, and Huawei Technologies providing competitive products.

In addition, a number of public and private companies have announced
plans for new products to address the same needs that our products
address.

We believe that our ability to compete with Cisco and others depends
upon our ability to demonstrate that our products are superior in
meeting the needs of our current and potential customers.

We expect that, over time, large companies with significant resources,
technical expertise, market experience, customer relationships and
broad product lines, such as Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel, and Huawei
Technologies, will introduce new products which are designed to compete

more effectively in this market.

As a result, we expect to face increased competition in the future from

larger companies with significantly more resources than we have.

Although we believe that our technology and the purpose-built features
of our products make them unique and will enable us to compete
effectively with these companies, we cannot guarantee that we will be
successful.

Many of our current and potential competitors, such as Cisco, Nortel,
Alcatel, and Huawei Technologies have significantly broader product
lines than we do and may bundle their products with other networking
products in a manner that may discourage customers from purchasing our
products.

Also, many of our current and potential competitors have greater name
recognition and more extensive customer bases that could be leveraged.
Increased competition could result in price reduction, fewer customer
orders, reduced gross margins and loss of market share, any of which
could seriously harm our operating results.

There are also several other companies that claim to have products with

greater capabilities than our products.

Consolidation in this industry has begun, with one or more of these
smaller private companies being acquired by large, established
suppliers of network infrastructure products, and we believe it is
likely to continue.

As a result, we expect to face increased competition in the future from

larger companies with significantly more resources than we have.

Several companies also provide solutions that can substitute for some
uses of routers.

For example, high bandwidth Asynchronous Transfer Mode ("ATM")
switches are used in the core of certain major backbone service
providers.

ATM switches can carry a variety of traffic types, including voice,
video and data, using fixed, 53 byte cells.

Companies that use ATM switches are enhancing their products with new
software technologies such as Multi-Protocol Label Switching
("MPLS"), which can potentially simplify the task of mixing routers
and switches in the same network.

These substitutes can reduce the need for large numbers of routers."

Page 8 - Competition

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1043604/000095013406004424/f17833e10vk.htm#102

Sincerely,

Brad Reese
BradReese.Com - Global Cisco Systems Pre-Sales Support
http://www.bradreese.com/contact-us.htm#GLOBAL
1293 Hendersonville Road, Suite 17
Asheville, North Carolina  USA 28803
USA & Canada:  877-549-2680
International: 828-277-7272
Fax: 775-254-3558
AIM: R2MGrant
BradReese.Com - Cisco Technical Forums
http://www.bradreese.com/cisco-technical-newsgroups.htm


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