A case against vendor-locking optical modules
Justin M. Streiner
streiner at cluebyfour.org
Mon Nov 17 20:31:31 UTC 2014
On Mon, 17 Nov 2014, Jérôme Nicolle wrote:
> What are other arguments against vendor lock-in ? Is there any argument
> FOR such locks (please spare me the support issues, if you can't read
> specs and SNMP, you shouldn't even try networking) ?
> Did you ever experience a shift in a vendor's position regarding the use
> of compatible modules ?
In the case of some vendors (yes, you again, Cisco), the shift has been in
the wrong direction.
Some vendors treat optics as just a tool to do a job, and price
accordingly. Those vendors tend to have fairly relaxed policies re:
working with non-$vendor optics, as well.
Other vendors treat optics as a cash cow^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hprofit center, and
also price accordingly. Those vendors tend to scream bloody murder if a
non-$vendor optic is encountered.
Beyond that, I'd say you've covered all of the logical reasons why vendor
lock-in is a bad idea, but as others have mentioned in this thread, those
attitudes tend to change at a ridiculously slow pace, and only when forced
by market conditions.
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