Innovations Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Cisco HPE Huawei
Ease of Configuration Yes Limited Limited Limited
ALE’s WLAN series provides simple deployment and fast time to value without sacrificing enterprise features thanks to distributed intelligence Cisco has a broad and comprehensive portfolio, deployment may be complex or require professional services with its Aironet product line HPE uses SDN controllers and AirWave for automated deployment of switches and APs. Missing is the ability to manage WAN devices in AirWave Huawei’s controller-based products can be managed from the controller or from the eSight NMS which provides device and user management, policy enforcement, and analytics over wired and wireless networks. There is overlap in capabilities between the controller and eSight, which requires careful planning from customers
Scalability Yes Limited Limited Limited
ALE’s distributed Wi-Fi controller model has certified deployments of 4000 APs Cisco Mobility Express can only scale to 100 APs Aruba Instant can only scale to 128 APs Many of the existing APs can’t be converted to a controllerless model, which hinders customers’ ability to adapt to changing product needs
Simplicity Yes Limited Limited Limited
ALE has one wireless product portfolio which is easy to deploy, operate and manage Cisco continues to keep the Aironet and Meraki product lines separate and independently developed. There is minimal integration between Meraki and Cisco DNA Center other than base monitoring and cross-launching, which is of little to no strategic value. Aruba’s confusing myriad of controller, security and location software in many cases requires professional services engagement, increasing the total cost of the deployment Huawei’s management capabilities are distributed across multiple products that must be acquired and licensed individually, which complicates on-going operations and deployments in larger enterprises with multiple locations
Unified Management Yes Limited Yes Limited
ALE's OmniVista NMS enables unified management of the OmniAccess Stellar Wireless equipment and switches DNA Center enables unified management of Aironet WLAN equipment and Cisco switches. DNA Center can monitor Meraki devices, but those devices must be managed from within Meraki’s own Systems Manager interface Aruba provides unified wired/wireless management for its own brand of APs and switches, allowing it to serve as a single vendor for customers’ campus edge needs. It can also manage some third-party switches Huawei’s Agile Campus is a good story about unified wired and wireless—as well as other aspects of IT—but the components necessary to build the architecture are numerous and complex to deploy and manage
Application discovery and availability Yes Limited Limited Yes
On-AP DPI capability (via partnership with Qosmos) can ID over 2,000 applications Aironet: Can identify over 1,400 applications with Cisco Application Visibility & Control (AVC) software
Meraki: On AP, 100s of apps
On the controller or when controllerless on the AP. It can identify over 2,500 applications Free Mobility 2.0 supports 6,000+ applications
Guest Management Options Yes Yes Limited Limited
With UPAM module in OmniVista Aironet: Via ISE
Meraki: Via Systems Manager
Base ClearPass license includes some guest features. Aruba deployments can be complex, requiring a professional services engagement to get ClearPass and the myriad other software components implemented Huawei has limited support for BYOD or IoT device discovery and identification, posing a challenge to on-boarding
BYOD Options Yes Yes Yes Yes
With UPAM module in OmniVista Aironet: Via ISE
Meraki: Via Systems Manager
With ClearPass Onboard application. Aruba deployments can be complex, requiring a professional services engagement to get ClearPass and the myriad other software components implemented Yes, with Agile Controller Campus