Cisco vs Adtran vs Juniper

Paul Stewart pstewart at
Fri Jul 18 15:47:57 UTC 2008

Thanks guys so far for the responses....

Adtran has a 5 year warranty and support for free as of today - I'm not
aware of this changing but we've had a number of other companies change
that policy in the past couple of years after purchasing a LOT of gear
from them (Motorola, Redline come to mind among others).

Cisco has "lifetime hardware warranty" on some of their gear but nobody
has ever been able to tell me what that *really* means and how you would
ever get it covered if you did NOT have Smartnet coverage...;)

UC500's - nice boxes ... pure cost issues around this one.  You need to
add a 24 port switch if you want some form of density at additional
cost... makes it 3X the Adtran price so gets a lot of attention here...

Keep it coming guys.. appreciate it...


-----Original Message-----
From: Smith, Steve B [mailto:ss4414 at] 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 11:44 AM
To: Chris Heighway; Paul Stewart
Cc: nanog
Subject: RE: Cisco vs Adtran vs Juniper

And remember Adtran has a 5 year warranty and support for free. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Heighway [mailto:heighway at] 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:22 AM
To: Paul Stewart
Cc: nanog
Subject: Re: Cisco vs Adtran vs Juniper

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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