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Multi-vendor strategies [was: Re: Benefits (and Detriments) of Standardizing Network Equipment in a Global Organization]
- Subject: Multi-vendor strategies [was: Re: Benefits (and Detriments) of Standardizing Network Equipment in a Global Organization]
- From: cgrundemann at gmail.com (Chris Grundemann)
- Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:43:07 -0500
On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM, Randy Bush <randy at psg.com> wrote:
> > I apparently wasn't very clear. In the layered approach to multiple
> > vendors, you would (obviously) choose your layer definitions to avoid
> > such delicate interdependence.
> can you describe in useful detail your operational experience doing
I'll certainly try.
As one hopefully fairly clear example; at a large (US-nation-wide) metro
Ethernet provider, we standardized as follows:
L3 devices (aka core, customer edge, and Internet/peering edge routers)
were all from Vendor A
- These devices spoke OSPF, BGP, and RSVP with each other.
L2 devices (aka metro ring switches) were all from Vendor B
- These devices spoke STP with each other.
L1 devices (aka optical transport) were all from Vendors C or D (individual
markets got to choose which, but they could only have one each)
- These devices inter-operated with each other at the optical layer.
Basic network security was handled by devices from Vendor E
- These devices collected netflow data and flagged alerts
DNS was handled by software from another vendor on servers from yet another
Is that enough detail to be useful?