Debunking the Myth of the Single-Vendor Network
We have collected information from hundreds of client interactions and have performed detailed interviews of nine organizations that have introduced a second vendor into their network environments. Our findings show that most organizations should consider a dual-vendor or multivendor solution as a viable approach to building their network, as significant cost savings are achievable with no increase in network complexity, while improving the focus on meeting business requirements.
Key Findings Include:
- Introducing a second vendor into the network infrastructure will have no long-term impact on operational costs for organizations following best practices.
- Introducing a second networking vendor will reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for most organizations by at least 15% to 25% over a five-year time frame.
- We did not encounter one example were operational cost savings would offset the equipment cost premium that Cisco generally charges.
- Most organizations that introduced a second vendor report a lasting decrease in network complexity, compared with an all-Cisco network.
- Network operations teams that are already using some form of multivendor management tools for fault alerting, configuration management or performance management are well-positioned to take advantage of the second-vendor opportunity.
Read on to learn more about the myths of a Single-Vendor Network and what recommendations are offered towards switching to a dual-vendor or multivendor network.