Benefits (and Detriments) of Standardizing Network Equipment in a Global Organization

Chris Grundemann cgrundemann at
Wed Dec 28 18:39:59 UTC 2016

On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM, Leo Bicknell <bicknell at> wrote:

> 2 Vendor
> Can be implemented multiple ways, for instance 1 vendor per site
> alternating sites, or gear deployed in pairs with one from each vendor
> up and down the stack.

An alternative multi-vendor approach is to use 1 vendor per stack layer,
but alternate layer to layer. That is; Vendor A edge router, Vendor B
firewall, Vendor A/C switches, Vendor D anti-SPAM software, etc. This
doesn't address the bug impact issue as well as it alleviates the vendor
"ownership" issue though...

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