cisco-vs-juniperCisco IOS Software provides multiple tools for provisioning, monitoring, and measurement of Quality of Service (QoS) Mechanisms.

  • Cisco AutoQoS
    simplifies the provisioning of Cisco IOS QoS features in enterprise and small business environments by automatically identifying traffic types. It can optionally configure the QoS policies appropriate to that traffic.
  • CiscoWorks QoS Policy Manager
    provides centralized management of QoS policy creation, deployment, and monitoring
  • Cisco Intelligent Service Gateway
    dynamically provisions broadband on demand and hierarchical bandwidth shaping in the Service Provider broadband aggregation environment.
  • Cisco IP Solution Center
    supports QoS provisioning in the IP and MPLS service environments.
  • Modular QoS CLI
    defines detailed QoS policies by providing ,common QoS behaviors across product lines and Cisco IOS Software releases.
  • Cisco IOS MIB and Trap support
    provides fine-grained traffic statistics, per-interface/PVC and application statistics.
  • Cisco IOS IP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
    provide jitter, latency and delay measurements. The estimated bandwidth required to meet QoS criteria for drop probability and delay can now be identified through the Corvil Bandwidth technology.

Meanwhile Juiper have other applications avobe JunosOS for managing the network:

  • CTPView Network Management System
    CTPView Network Management System gives network operators the network management software and performance management tools necessary to monitor and manage network availability, provision circuits, report on IP networks performance, and troubleshoot circuit issues through a single Web-based graphical user interface.
  • J-Web
    J-Web is a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) that provides easy-to-use network management software to administer and manage all Juniper Networks network devices that run on Junos. IT administrators and network operators can use this network performance management software to quickly and easily monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and manage Juniper Networks products.
  • Junoscope
    The Junoscope IP Service Manager joins the advanced features of the Juniper Networks network performance management software product portfolio to the higher layers within the network operations structure. This network performance management software enables network operators to maximize the benefits of the feature-rich Junos software and monitor, configure, inventory, and manage the network and its performance.
  • Junos Space Security Design
    Security Design delivers a scalable and responsive network security management application that improves the reach, ease and accuracy of policy administration. It lets administrators more quickly and intuitively manage all phases of the security policy lifecycle through a single web-based interface.
  • RingMaster Global
    RingMaster Global consolidates management of multiple RingMaster-based wireless LANs, providing network status data and alarms for each WLAN as well as network loading and traffic patterns across the entire wireless deployment.
  • RingMaster Software
    RingMaster Software is for planning, configuring, deploying, monitoring, and optimizing, single or multiple enterprise wireless LANs.
  • WX Central Management System (WX CMS)
    The WX Central Management System offers unprecedented visibility and management into Network application performance over the WAN. This central network management software system dispenses detailed network performance information about network traffic patterns, bandwidth consumption, and other measures that can be used to maximize WAN resources.

Following company policy , Juniper has dedicated devices to do network management:

  • NSMXpress
  • Network and Security Manager Central Manager (NSM CM)
  • STRM Series Security Threat Response Managers  
  • WLM1200 Management Appliance
  • more info

In terms of security, Cisco have the ASA Firewall series that contain security tools in addition like IPS, concretely the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Next Generation Firewalls. There are more security appliances for example, in the Access control and policy, cisco offer the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 3300 Series to identity the service engine or the Cisco NAC for network admission control.

Cisco for many years has been manufacturing “jack of all trades” machines, for the most part, its routers and firewalls are meant to do a great deal more than routing and firewalling. Cisco’s ASAs can function as routers for small businesses, and Cisco switch/routers like Catalyst 6500 series often contain VPN, remote entry, firewall and even IPS. So
  Cisco is creating versatile and multi-purpose machines (they just need one box that saves space and unifies everything in a clear).

Juniper takes the exact opposite approach, which focuses on specializing their machines for as much speed as possible. With Cisco’s model of offering more versatile boxes, but for the most part if you are buying Juniper you are buying it for specialization and speed. Juniper has, however, in recent years made a unified and versatile boxes like Cisco, we are talking about SRX series that will be our election.

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Interesting paper about juniper QoS

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After seeing the comparison between Juniper (our company assigned to our design of a CPD) and Cisco products for the monitoring and QoS, by the hand of my partner, I bring you the comparison between these same companies for networking products (routers / switches).
Also we start with Cisco and the Nexus family, the only one available to support bandwith at Gigabit rates:

  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series (Fabric Extenders): Simplify your data center architecture and operations with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders, which are based on the standard IEEE 802.1BR. As part of Cisco Unified Fabric component in Cisco Unified Data Center, these fabric extenders offer the agility to meet the evolving needs of your organization and applications. Improve Operational Agility and Efficiency.
  • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches: Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches extend the proven innovations of Cisco Unified Fabric to the High-Performance Trading (HPT) market and Big Data environments. Ultra-Low latency, high-density layer 2/3 switches.
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: Help enable any transport over Ethernet, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 traffic and storage traffic, on one common data-center-class platform. Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches help transform your data center, with a standards-based, multipurpose, multiprotocol, Ethernet-based fabric.
  • Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches: Cisco Nexus 6000 Series switches are designed to deliver high density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 40 GE in an energy efficient, compact form factor. It offers a comprehensive integrated Layer 2 and Layer 3 feature set. That makes Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches ideal for space constrained, high density, and high performance deployments in traditional, virtualized, and cloud environments.
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches: Create the network foundation you need for your next-generation Unified Fabric data center and high-performance campus core. Modular Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches deliver a comprehensive NX-OS feature set, with high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet with application-awareness and comprehensive performance analytics for the data center.

As everybody can see, Cisco products are oriented to Fabric topology as Juniper, the pioners this technology type:

  •  BX Series Multi-Access Gateways: The BX7000 Multi-Access Gateway is part of our backhaul network router solution, which addresses a network operator’s current OPEX and bandwidth challenges while paving the way for a future migration to 4G technologies.
  • J Series Services Routers: The J Series Services Routers offer service providers and enterprises a variety of flexible network routers that deliver secure, reliable network routing solution to remote, branch, and regional offices.
  • M Series Multiservice Edge Network Routers: The M Series Multiservice Edge Network Routers combine IP/MPLS capabilities with unmatched reliability, stability, security, and service richness. These secure network routers allow enterprises and service providers to consolidate multiple networks into a single IP/MPLS infrastructure.
  • MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers: MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers meet the rapidly growing routing needs for enterprise and service provider networks of any size with scalability in bandwidth, subscribers, and services.
  • SRX Series Services Gateways: SRX Series Services Gateways provide integrated routing, switching, and security, to enterprise branch and field installations.
  • EX Series Ethernet Switches: EX Series high-performance, highly available Ethernet switches are carrier-class solutions for converged enterprise branch offices, campuses, and data centers, as well as for service provider deployments.
  • QFX Series Switches: QFX Series switches are high-performance, low-latency edge devices for top-of-rack or end-of-row installations that can also be deployed as edge nodes in a QFabric System.
  • QFabric System: The QFabric System delivers the industry’s most scalable, high-performance fabric switching solution that accelerates performance and simplifies the data center architecture with any-to-any connectivity.

If we go on the websites and see the products in more detail, we see that the features between them are quite similar, but we can see that the current trend is to build networks with Fabric system for all its advantages.