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Light Reading Disputes Cisco's Claims

NEW YORK -- "Light Reading" (http://www.lightreading.com), the premiere information resource for the optical networking, issued a warning today that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has misrepresented the results of a ground-breaking test of Internet core routers Light Reading commissioned. Cisco claimed in a press release issued Tuesday evening that it, rather than Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) came out on top in Light Reading's test.

The press release also makes inaccurate statements about the results. In addition, it fails to mention that Light Reading commissioned the tests carried out by Network Test Inc. (Hoboken, N.J.), a benchmarking and network design consultancy, in collaboration with Spirent Communications (Calabasas, Calif.), a supplier of performance analysis systems. It also fails to reference the full results, published on http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?site=testing&doc_id=4009

"I'm shocked," said Stephen Saunders, co-founder and US Editor of Light Reading. "I didn't think Cisco would stoop this low."

"I'm very disappointed in this misrepresentation," said David Newman, president of Network Test -- also quoted in Cisco's release. "Cisco's 12416 put up some very, very good numbers in this test, so the company had no need to spin it the way they did."

Cisco said it has no argument with the way in which the test was conducted. "It's a fine test. Our difference is in the conclusions," said Larry Lang, Cisco's vice president of service provider marketing.

However, Cisco published the following inaccurate statements about the results in its press release:

Cisco's Headline read: "Cisco Reconfirms Leadership In Test of High-End Routers"
Light Reading: Juniper did better overall.
Cisco's Headline: "Only Vendor to Demonstrate 100% Line Rate IP and MPLS Performance For 2.5Gbps OC-48 and 10Gbps OC-192 Throughput"
Light Reading: Cisco did not achieve line-rate throughput in MPLS and IP OC192. In fact, in one of these tests, throughput was just 52 percent.
Cisco: "The Cisco 12416 Internet router has outperformed all other networking vendors in nine out of twelve tests."
Light Reading: Cisco was in first place in only four of the 16 tests.
Cisco: "Cisco won every category where the new 1-port OC-192 and 4-port OC-48 line cards and 10-Gbps switch fabric were tested."
Light Reading: Juniper tied or beat Cisco outright in multiple OC192 tests.
Cisco: "'Cisco was the only vendor to deliver line rate performance for all of the IP and MPLS forwarding tests for both OC-48 and OC-192,' said Robert Redford, senior director of marketing, IP POP systems business unit at Cisco."
Light Reading: Redford may have said this, but he was wrong if he did. Cisco did not deliver line-rate performance in all tests. In particular, the 40-byte IP throughput over OC192 was just 52 percent, as already noted.

Lang of Cisco said the company was "pretty careful" about checking its facts in the release. He added that Cisco would issue a correction if needed.

Dredgie 12/4/2012 | 8:43:03 PM
re: Light Reading Disputes Cisco's Claims >GǣGǪGǪCisco Systems Inc. has misrepresented the results of a ground-breaking test of Internet core routers Light Reading commissioned. Gǣ
>"I'm shocked," said Stephen Saunders, co-founder and US Editor of Light Reading. "I didn't think Cisco would stoop this low."


With that record, you should offer Larry Lang a job at Light Reading!
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