A case against vendor-locking optical modules

Naslund, Steve SNaslund at medline.com
Tue Nov 18 19:05:07 UTC 2014

They want the ability to buy off the shelf components when they manufacture.  They just don't want you to have the same privilege when you purchase.  Your switches and routers are made of a bunch of OEM components with some custom programmed ASICS and some secret sauce.  If they used non standard interface specs their costs would go through the roof as their power supplies, memory, storage, and NICS would be all custom development.

Steven Naslund
Chicago IL

> On Nov 18, 2014, at 12:42 PM, "Baldur Norddahl" <baldur.norddahl at gmail.com> wrote:
> If they really wanted to lock you in, they would have triangular modules
> instead of square...
> Or I suppose the vendors like to be able to shop around for modules, before
> they relabel and sell them to you at a 10x markup.

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