Yes, we plan ahead, especially with having a couple hundred router devices in service. However those devices die at the hardware level and if everyone else is "planning ahead" then there will inevitably be a shortage or none at all. So in the interest of planning ahead, I would really like to know direct from Mikrotik when their supply is going to be exhausted and how that will trickle down to the local VARS. So far, I've only seen vague verbiage about this topic, when it would seem like an easy thing to go and count the stock and give a clearer answer to availability and supply exhaustion.
Does Mikrotik have millions in stock or just a few hundred? How many are slated for the VARS ? What are the VARS customers looking to purchase, 1, 2, 1000 CCR's, who knows? Given the current situation in global supply shortages even if they still had some they could produce what's the lead time on them? If we exhaust our stock and look to purchase more what would that wait time look like? I'm sure there's other ISP's out there with many units who would also be in the same situation. This again is where planning ahead comes in, should we be considering moving to the CCR2216-1G-12XS-2XQ instead?, if so we'd have to start ordering and planning soon, however without a firm idea of how long the current stock will last that's hard to plan for. We're talking enterprise level planning here, which doesn't move fast so the wider the window the easier is it to make decisions.
A bigger problem arises with moving to the CR2216-1G-12XS-2XQ, scripts have to be updated, API's are different, golden configurations are different, interfaces are different. It's no easy task having multiple different configs running at the same time on different device types when we have so many to manage. For someone who has 1 or 2, sure this is an easy task, not for us unfortunately.
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