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

Published: 09 March 2016

ID: G00301673

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Danilo Ciscato


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



  • 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
  • Competitively Bid the Functionality of Each Network Infrastructure Building Block
    • Divide and Conquer

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