Interoperability isn’t guaranteed in the open network era

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Over the last few years, the phenomenon of open networking has changed the landscape of the network and datacenter industries. Led by a vanguard of hyperscale Internet companies, open networking is now being adopted by smaller enterprise users.

Customers are drawn to open networking by the flexibility and potential cost savings, but are under the false assumption that open solutions are inherently interoperable. This is not true. An open solution and an interoperable solution are not the same thing. In fact, there are issues inherent in open networking that make interoperability testing more critical than ever.

Consider the following examples of interoperability problems discovered at a recent 10/40G, 25/100G Plugfest:

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