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Re: OSPF -vs- ISIS

  • From: Robert E.Seastrom
  • Date: Tue Jun 21 13:49:47 2005

"Wayne E. Bouchard" <[email protected]> writes:

>> One vendor in particular sees ISIS as "an ISP protocol" and OSPF as "an
>> enterprise protocol".  Their implementation of the latter has often gotten
>> many enterprise-oriented features (e.g. dial-on-demand link support) that
>> the other didn't, whereas the former was known for reliability because the
>> coders were admonished to touch it rarely and test the heck out of every
>> change because screwing up might break the Internet.
> To that end, you also need to be aware that outside of the "major"
> vendors, most don't even know what ISIS is. So if you're trying to
> integrate other vendors' equipment into your network, you may have no
> choice but OSPF.

The other edge of that sword is that letting someone outside of the
"major" vendors' OSPF (1) talk to your cloud qualifies as "risky


(1) where "major vendors" means "widely deployed", not "widely
deployed for money".  the question is whether installing on your
network is an unspoke part of their beta testing strategy.