Gartner Research

Segment Your Network to Save Money and Reduce Vendor Lock-in

Published: 12 September 2014

ID: G00265478

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato , Tim Zimmerman

Summary

To avoid higher acquisition costs and the risk of vendor lock-in, network planners and architects must segment their network infrastructure into smaller, manageable pieces. By using this approach, clients will obtain solutions better aligned to their true requirements, at a lower price.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Segment the Network Infrastructure Into Foundational Building Blocks and Describe How They Interact and Interwork With Each Other
  • Remove Proprietary Components From the Network's Functional Boundaries When an Industry Standard Is Available
  • Use Segmentation to Competitively Bid the Functionality of Each Network Infrastructure Building Block

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