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How will you address the global supply chain & chip shortages that may affect your IT & networking infrastructure for 2022?

Switches have been affected a lot by supply chain issues. I am currently seeing 6-12 months wait times on some vendors. A whole series is not available, and sometimes you need to move to a more expensive model to get something sooner. Some firewall models have been affected as well for us. I manage this by working with multiple vendors (always have preferred and backup vendors) and keeping open communication about what we need with the vendor reps. We have equipment that we regularly order every few weeks, so we keep communication open with the vendor reps/account managers. Often they provide us with a heads up about local quantities available, what models are low and will likely have issues with stock in the near future. Be ready to be flexible. For example, when I am building new storage or HCI solution, I don't ask for Vendor A only on the switching side but ask about what is the ETA of each switch vendor and then adjust the design/specs accordingly to what is available. Sometimes buying from a different location (country) gets the equipment faster, so if you do have offices in multiple countries, check local availability as well. Add extra planning time. I try to add additional six months to my standard planning/order time. We have multiple stocking locations spread across the continent, so we often order a lot of inventory and stock it to have what we need.

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Switches have been affected a lot by supply chain issues. I am currently seeing 6-12 months wait times on some vendors. A whole series is not available, and sometimes you need to move to a more expensive model to get something sooner. Some firewall models have been affected as well for us. I manage this by working with multiple vendors (always have preferred and backup vendors) and keeping open communication about what we need with the vendor reps. We have equipment that we regularly order every few weeks, so we keep communication open with the vendor reps/account managers. Often they provide us with a heads up about local quantities available, what models are low and will likely have issues with stock in the near future. Be ready to be flexible. For example, when I am building new storage or HCI solution, I don't ask for Vendor A only on the switching side but ask about what is the ETA of each switch vendor and then adjust the design/specs accordingly to what is available. Sometimes buying from a different location (country) gets the equipment faster, so if you do have offices in multiple countries, check local availability as well. Add extra planning time. I try to add additional six months to my standard planning/order time. We have multiple stocking locations spread across the continent, so we often order a lot of inventory and stock it to have what we need.
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