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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?


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