I recently heard the term “best of breed” used when discussing network vendor selection. I was surprised by this answer because you don’t hear it too often. The more I thought about it, why not “best of breed” selection? My time as a network and infrastructure supervisor has taught me that a data center environment can be full of different compute and storage vendor products. Our SAN environment consists of Pure, Tegile, EMC, and even QNAP. Each product has its place. Pure serves the VDI environment, Tegile/EMC host production, and QNAP serves as a target for our Veeam backups. The team has also categorized and carved out each platform into tiered offerings.
On the other hand, network vendor selection tends to be biased. Typically you’ll see one network vendor selected for the edge/access, distribution, and core. However, you will find a different wireless vendor from time to time.
Many reasons exist
A compilation of the most popular
- We would like to interact with only one vendor for purchases and support.
- ABC vendor only works well with a particular management tool.
- I only know vendor ABC, and we don’t have time to learn something new.
- Did you hear that vendor ABC had an issue with XYZ product, I don’t want those problems.
- Everyone else uses vendor ABC.
- No other vendor supports my VOIP feature set.
- You can’t do XYZ well or at all with any other vendor product.
I will say that there are a few use cases that keep you tied Continue reading »