NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- For years, the prevailing debate among the networking companies has always centered on two companies, market leader Cisco ( CSCO) or Juniper Networks ( JNPR). At one point, the comparison between the two was not even close as Cisco was one of the largest companies in the world, according to market cap. But some questionable business moves allowed Juniper and lesser known names to encroach on its territory, becoming a new growth story within the sector. It is remarkable how things have changed.These days, questions surface about the overall health of Juniper's business -- meanwhile Cisco has been resurgent, demonstrating it has not forgotten how to execute and deserves to regain its "Wall Street darling" status. However, networking companies like Juniper that are approaching the status of expensive need to be evaluated not only for growth prospects, but also for the overall health of carrier spending. A significant portion of its revenue is drawn from names such as AT&T ( T) and Verizon ( VZ).