Debunking the Myth of the Single-Vendor Network

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.

Juniper Networks, Inc.
03 Dec 2010
06 Dec 2010
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