In general, it creates a tech support nightmare. Mostly you will run into hardware incompatibilities, differing protocols...and worst of all, you will have to hire people who are familiar with each type of hardware -- some are familiar with Cisco, for example, but not other types of hardware, etc. Or at least someone who can support most of it and obtain further support from the vendor. You will also have to deal with several different types of SLA's and make sure each vendor will provide the necessary support in that environment -- if you have a switch from 3COM that is not working with a Cisco router, for example, you have to do the extra work of figuring out which tech support to call, 3COM or Cisco?
Multivendor networking is typically an unavoidable headache unless you have a very small network, but one can limit the number of vendors to those that already provide good service, unless you are overhauling the network (yikes) and searching for new vendors. My advice is to ask for an awesome salary and buy a few big bottles of Excedrin :-)
Feb 25, 2009 |
Gateway Essential 400 PC Desktop