Vendor lock-in can pose significant challenges, particularly in the realm of high-end switches. Cisco's business practices illustrate this issue, as they tend to accommodate third-party optics in their "low-end" equipment but display more stringent restrictions when it comes to their high-end offerings. In our experience at EOL Systems, securing official support from Cisco for any range beyond SFP+ has proven to be more challenging. This business strategy by Cisco curtails competition and often results in end-users facing markups as high as tenfold, simply for brand association.

At EOL Systems, we are committed to offering a broad spectrum of compatible modules encompassing Fast Ethernet, Gigabit, and 100G ranges. Our aim is to ensure our customers have access to affordable, reliable, and diverse solutions to meet their specific networking needs.