Nick Cutting ncutting at edgetg.com
Tue Oct 31 09:12:10 EDT 2017

No, they still rip you off big time.  
Just got quoted on a 10g SFP+ singlemode SFP for roughly 70 times more expensive than the equivalent component in fiberstore.
I gave the client the option for both - 



And they went with the genuine cisco part, because of our scary disclaimer about TAC.

Imagine they needed 10 of these - that’s $400 vs 28,0000. 

Do you chaps just keep a couple of "genuine parts" lying around to quickly shove in if you need TAC assistance for a bug?

No one in their right mind can be buying a lot of "genuine" optics in 2017?

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Thanks - Yes I realize Cisco dont manufacture their own optics (They use finisar etc), but all "genuine" Cisco optics Ive seen previously have never had the manufacturers name in bold writing on the optic? (Havent purchased genuine Cisco optics for a long time - Probably the reason why 😊)

They still sell "cisco" only branded optics for 10 times the price of others?  Or do they now sell (only) these cheaper co-branded ones to compete?


From: Doug McIntyre <merlyn at geeks.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [c-nsp] CISCO-AVAGO CISCO-FINISAR etc SFPs

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:05:10AM +0000, CiscoNSP List wrote:
> Are the cisco-avago, cisco-finisar "genuine" Cisco optics? i.e TAC 
> will provide support if you are using them? Ours were purchased 
> through a Cisco disty (As a Cisco part)....We are hitting multiple 
> issues with them (10G Optic will not initialize in ASR920, 100G give 
> no light/power readings in NCS5500)

Cisco OEMs optics from everybody under the sun. If you can show that you bought them as Cisco parts, then TAC should be fine dealing with them.
They do use Avago/Finisar parts frequently, and they are labelled as you see them.

All hardware is finicky dealing with optics at some point in time. They may need to send you another "brand" to deal with your hardware, or they are bad.
TAC should be fine talking to you about it.

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