However, since HP closed on the 3Com merger, there has not been one product enhancement, update, etc. on the 3Com products (mostly known as the A series, like 12K, 9K, 7K, 5500, etc.). This should be ringing alarm bells everywhere. All the enhancements over the last year have been around their old ProCurve line. Compounding the situation, the Flex Fabric and networking teams have done little to provide customers a 'better together' value. HP's Flex Fabric can work with any networking vendor and obtain the same results. Outside of the data center, HP is the top vendor for an enterprise edge."
IDC's Rohit Mehra, director, enterprise communications infrastructure, says that Cisco is completing its product upgrade cycle and also adding good network intelligence features in areas such as performance-based routing and security. "They will come back, especially in the higher growth areas such as the data center."
He likes Juniper because of its new architecture for the data center network (QFabric). "It is new, and has the potential to change the dynamics of that market. However, it is still an architecture; other pieces and products will only ship later this year." Mehra also likes Avaya because it has taken a holistic enterprise approach (end to end) for its network virtualization architecture.