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Thoughts on Network Standards. Perry Brunelli November 4 th , 2008. Network Reliability Improved. Code upgrades no longer #1 cause of outages Lab to test new IOS releases Synchronization of IOS upgrades Expertise in hardware / IOS One throat to choke . Best of Breed Only a Point in Time.

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thoughts on network standards

Thoughts on Network Standards

Perry Brunelli

November 4th, 2008

network reliability improved
Network Reliability Improved
  • Code upgrades no longer #1 cause of outages
    • Lab to test new IOS releases
    • Synchronization of IOS upgrades
    • Expertise in hardware / IOS
    • One throat to choke
best of breed only a point in time
Best of Breed Only a Point in Time
  • Notion that technologies eventually converge
  • Cost associated with evaluation
  • Cookie cutter approach scales
    • Shift operating expenses to capital
      • AANTS one example
benefits of vendor relationship
Benefits of Vendor Relationship
  • More likely to listen to our concerns
  • Annual briefing at Cisco offices
    • Direct access to engineers and product managers
  • Discounts negotiated on bulk orders
  • Technical support on-site
  • Reality is that we aren’t single vendor and in many cases are best of breed:
    • 3750 switches, Juniper border router
established companies not nimble
Established Companies Not Nimble
  • Market leader less inclined to take risks
  • Less likely to embrace widely accepted standards
  • Small companies better suited to fill niche requirements
  • Need to innovate not as great
standardization not real
Standardization Not Real
  • Cisco model is to acquire companies
    • New routers have four different OS’s
    • SAN solution runs a different OS
  • Reluctance to adopt new industry open standards
additional comments
Additional Comments
  • Cisco price point not always competitive
  • Is there value instandardizing on commodity equipment?
    • Example: wireless AP’s
  • How long do we wait for features and how much more are we willing to pay?
    • Example: iSCSI, Clusters
  • Does Arista have a more compelling price point than Cisco on 10G Ethernet gear?
discussion items
Discussion Items
  • How are platform decisions made? Does this work? Should we change it?
  • Does the current model work? If not, how should we change it?