Home grown or Shop bought: When and Why?

NREN engineers and computer scientists provide highly sophisticated solutions to the Research and Education community. It has become increasingly obvious that there are two camps in delivering these solutions to the community: “home grown“ or ”shop bought”. NRENs are required to keep costs as low as possible and are responsible to their members and governments, vendors want to sell equipment, but at the same time want to be trusted partners. The question therefore really is what is the most cost-effective solution and under what circumstances. This presentation will examine the decision criteria used to determine when to develop solutions “in-house” using open source resources and when it is appropriate to buy commercial off the shelf (COTS) products.



  • Andy Vallely (Cisco)
  • Mario Vanaele (Belnet)
  • Szabolcs Szekelyi (NIIFI)
  • Acknowledgement
  • Klaas Wierenga (Cisco)

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