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I see Cisco lauded as being a Gorilla (they're one of the primary examples in the book). I'm confused by this, as their routers adhere to the TCP/IP protocol standards...they have to, to interoperate. They do have innovations such as tag switching (which is a large part of MPLS, a new standard), but I just don't see how they have proprietary control over an architecture. I can buy 3Com switches, Juniper routers, etc., and plug them in next to my Cisco equipment and everything will work just fine.

Now, they do have IOS to manage the switches. Is IOS the basis of their gorilla status?

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