Compatible or crap?
IT Budgets continue to shrink and IT departments are continually pushed to accomplish more with less. This has everyone in the industry looking for ways to save money on the IT equipment we purchase. One of the most visited options for saving money is by purchasing compatible SFP’s. Some companies are very reluctant in this change of thought process. We get scared when our Cisco partner finds out and tells us that if we use compatible SFP’s and our switch has an issue we voided our warranty. Is this true? Can Cisco revoke my warranty because I am using non-OEM SFP’s? This is actually untrue, By law Cisco can not revoke a warranty because of use of 3rd party party components. They can only not cover the 3rd party component or be responsible for damages done by it . Let me explain why.
Some Cisco switches will flat out not pass traffic over a compatible SFP. When you install a non-Cisco SFP into a Cisco switch there is a process that runs in the background that checks the SFP’s mi