Cisco vs Adtran vs Juniper

Chris Heighway heighway at
Fri Jul 18 15:21:48 UTC 2008

On your last note Cisco also offers a all-in-one with all the features you
talked about and more.  They are called UC500's.


On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 10:18 AM, Paul Stewart <pstewart at>

> Hi there..
> I'm looking for some constructive feedback on **real world** experiences
> please...
> We're primarily a Cisco shop today - our core and distribution are all
> Cisco driven and will continue to be (won't change that so not worth
> discussing today).
> My question is oriented towards two other markets primarily:
> Security Devices
> Remote Office/Customer Site Devices
> Let me elaborate a bit more...
> Security - today, we've been deploying Cisco ASA boxes (was PIX before
> that) with pretty good success.  However, in comparison to Juniper the
> Cisco boxes are *really* expensive - at least to us anyways.  Juniper
> has nice products so I'm looking at proposing a solution internally to
> move towards the Juniper security appliances.  Feedback from folks on
> them vs Cisco ASA??
> Remote Office/Customer Site Devices - today, we do a lot of "managed
> routers" to customer sites.  Again, cost driven, I'm being pushed
> towards looking at Adtran devices for customer sites that we maintain.
> I have nothing against Adtran but haven't viewed them to date as being
> in the same "arena" as Cisco/Juniper etc..  these routers are mainly
> providing basic firewalling/NAT and some very small VPN activity at
> times.
> To take this one step further, some of our voice folks are really
> enjoying the Adtran boxes as it offers an "all in one solution" which is
> a router, firewall, "voice" box (many options - PRI handoff, T1,
> FXS/FXO) and in some of their boxes 24 POE switch ports as well.  This
> is kinda cool I'll admit but the approach in the past has been to drop
> in a Cisco router, Adtran for voice applications, and then Cisco POE
> switches if required.  This is very costly compared to Adtran's all in
> one approach.... so am I being stubborn on this or is the Adtran
> products in this case in the same league??  I had some terrible track
> record with Adtran a number of years ago so my back gets up when their
> name is mentioned...;)
> Any feedback would be very appreciated - we're going to have meetings
> internally in the next while to decide which product lines fit with
> which service offerings the best....
> Thanks,
> Paul
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