Leading Network Equipment Providers and Their Origins

Leading Network Equipment Providers and Their Origins

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

In today’s interconnected world, computer networking equipment plays a crucial role in enabling seamless communication and data exchange across organizations, institutions, and households.

The industry behind networking equipment has evolved rapidly, with numerous companies emerging as frontrunners in providing the essential hardware and software solutions that power the digital age.

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These companies offer a wide range of products and services, from routers and switches to network security appliances and cloud-based management platforms, meeting the diverse needs of businesses and consumers alike.

The below table provides the leading companies that have shaped this dynamic industry.

Company NameFounded InCurrently Headquartered In
Cisco SystemsSan Francisco, CA, USASan Jose, CA, USA
Juniper NetworksSunnyvale, CA, USASunnyvale, CA, USA
Arista NetworksSanta Clara, CA, USASanta Clara, CA, USA
HuaweiShenzhen, ChinaShenzhen, China
ZTE CorporationShenzhen, ChinaShenzhen, China
Dell TechnologiesAustin, TX, USARound Rock, TX, USA
HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)Palo Alto, CA, USASan Jose, CA, USA
NetgearSan Jose, CA, USASan Jose, CA, USA
D-LinkTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
TP-LinkShenzhen, ChinaShenzhen, China
Ubiquiti NetworksSan Jose, CA, USANew York, NY, USA
Extreme NetworksSanta Clara, CA, USASan Jose, CA, USA
NokiaTampere, FinlandEspoo, Finland
EricssonStockholm, SwedenStockholm, Sweden
FortinetSunnyvale, CA, USASunnyvale, CA, USA
Palo Alto Networks Santa Clara, CA, USA Santa Clara, CA, USA
Check Point Software Technologies Ramat Gan, Israel Tel Aviv, Israel
F5 Networks Seattle, WA, USA Seattle, WA, USA
Ruckus Networks Sunnyvale, CA, USA San Jose, CA, USA
MikroTik Riga, Latvia Riga, Latvia
QNAP Systems Taipei, Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan
Synology Taipei, Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan
Meraki (Cisco) San Francisco, CA, USA San Francisco, CA, USA
ADTRAN Huntsville, AL, USA Huntsville, AL, USA
Allied Telesis Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan
A10 Networks San Jose, CA, USA San Jose, CA, USA
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) Paris, France Colombes, France
Ciena Hanover, MD, USA Hanover, MD, USA
Cumulus Networks (NVIDIA) Mountain View, CA, USA Santa Clara, CA, USA
Mellanox Technologies (NVIDIA) Yokneam, Israel Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Avaya Santa Clara, CA, USA Durham, NC, USA
Brocade Communications Systems (Broadcom) San Jose, CA, USA San Jose, CA, USA
Calix Petaluma, CA, USA San Jose, CA, USA
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional