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The Seven Deadly Network Sins: Common Misperceptions About Good-Enough Networks

- April 25, 2011 - 4 Comments

We’ve all settled for less in our lives. Maybe you bought a pair of shoes that were a little tight, but the sale price was way too good to pass up. Or perhaps you got a brand-new digital camera that wasn’t exactly the one you wanted, but last year’s model way a much better price.

While everyone loves getting a good deal, sometimes buying the less expensive option means sacrificing quality. You’d pay good money to make those blisters on your feet disappear and when those pictures of your daughter’s graduation don’t come out, you curse yourself for spending less.

When it comes to the network, saving a few dollars up front may sound good, but losing the ability to capitalize on trends such as video, mobility, and cloud just don’t add up. (And may cause headaches down the road.)

In fact, research shows that over the long run, it may not even be the most cost efficient.  Building a tactical network based on low-cost point products and services increases the total cost of ownership for most organizations by at least 20 to 35 % over a three-year time frame, according to the white paper “Debunking the Myths of A ‘Good Enough’ Network.”

The white paper findings also indicate that a network is only as reliable as its weakest link. And saving a bit of money on a router may be offset by the cost of an outage – and then some. That’s just one of the seven deadly network sins.

What are the other seven deadly network sins? And what should you know about a multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks?

Tune into our webcast, hosted by Rob Lloyd (Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations) to find out. The webcast will also feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Gold Partner BlueWater Communications Group.

To register…

Date and time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 8:00 a.m Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time; 4:00 GMT)


Visit this page to register.

A replay of the webcast will be available approximately 24 hours after the webcast at the same location. We’ll also post a recap right here on the blog.

Additional Resources:

  • White Paper: When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough
  • For customer stories and videos visit the Cisco newsroom.
  • Follow the Twitter conversation at #enough

What do you think are the seven deadly network sins?


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  1. nice article...simple and useful

  2. Great talk, great technology… But you need to remember that many companies, corporations, businesses in general are ruled by accountants, not engineer and they don’t know more than ‘bottom line’ now. To be able to implement a more than good enough network you have to translate all your enthusiastic engineering talk in plain and simple CFO view $$$ and the shortest possible ROI, even if you have to improvise a little bit. Frustrating, but it’s the only way, if you want to implement something NOW – otherwise prepare your technical proposal now and wait for a disaster to strike, then even the CFO will listen.

  3. Excellent well-written post. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks For Sharing :-)