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Myth # 4 of the Good-Enough Network: “Just Look for Standards”

- June 2, 2011 - 1 Comment

New innovations and inventions mean the flow of information has changed the method and speed at which we communicate. And the standards governing the technology industry help ensure there is security, interoperability, and a framework in place. As we innovate, old standards evolve and new ones are created. Imagine if we used the post office standards from 1890 to govern the way email is sent. If that were the case, we’d probably be putting postage stamps on our email messages.

Cisco has a deep respect for industry standards and participates in many standards bodies. As we’ve learned, vendors interpret and deploy standards differently in their equipment. These differences may result in integration challenges. While industry standards are extremely important, relying only on existing standards as you plan for future technology needs is misguided.

When companies lock themselves into standards-based networks, they miss out on a higher-level of service innovation and occasionally underestimate the integration cost involved in making the components of a standards-based system work together. Yes, standards should be used, but businesses looking for a competitive edge need to look for solutions that are also innovative.

In the forth installment of the Myths of the Good-Enough Network series, Mike Rau, VP & CTO of Cisco’s Borderless Network Architecture, delves into the “just look for standards” myth. Mike addressed the pitfalls of relying purely on a good-enough networks based purely on industry standards.  For all of the details, read the full article on Silicon Angle.

Here’s some additional information on the Seven Myths of the Good-Enough Network:

Blog: The Seven Myths of the Good-Enough Network

Blog: Myth #1:  The Single Purpose Network

Blog: Myth #2:  Security as a Bolt-On

Blog: Myth #3:  Myth of Basic QoS

Webcast: Debunking the Myth of the Good-Enough Network

White Paper: When Good Isn’t Good Enough


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  1. When companies lock themselves into standards-based networks, they miss out on a higher-level of service but the same time that allow them to be focus on marketing and increasing their services at a different levels.