The rise of software licensing in networking changes some of my assumptions about the 5 year cost of ownership of products. Roughly, lets assume that you are buying virtual appliances like firewalls, DNS/DHCP, IDS/IPS, proxy servers and load balancers and that you pay some type of yearly license to use the product. Capital Upfront The legacy […]
It has been a while since Cisco acquired Tail-F but no one seems to have noticed how this acquisition impacts Cisco’s competitors by upsetting the software development plans.
I’ve been reading the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Design Guide. Sometimes I see a product of genius and wondrous use of technology, other times I’m like ‘did they do it the hard way or what’ ?
I’ve been working on Mellanox S-Series switches lately in a largish network with several hundred 10GbE server ports. On the whole, the product has performed beyond my cynically low expectations and the product has good capabilities overall but the command line interface (CLI) is a really poor user experience. How about this gem for configuring […]
I’m completing a report for InformationWeek where the results suggest that customer have declining interest in converged hardware platforms. Then I noticed this post from Cisco on sales of FlexPod.
Couple of quotes from John Chambers keynote during Cisco Live that I seemed to leap out at me: “You are going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry where out of the top five players, only two or three of us will be meaningful in as quick as five years.” “When we […]
In this transcript from Seeking Alpha, Gary Moore, Chief Operating Office of Cisco claims that ” eight of the global ten over-the-top providers like Amazon are huge Cisco customers”. For network architect & strategy types, it’s worth reading to see how Cisco intends to extract more revenue from your budget. In particular there are several references to Cisco “analytics service offerings” which Mr Moore states are opportunities for upsell in SmartNet maintenance. It might be worth looking into those products to prepare a “defense against the dark arts” from Cisco account managers.
There are two sides to Cisco’s success with UCS announced today. It’s a great achievement that has a hidden challenges.
Ethernet Hard Drives are coming. Nothing to do with networking.
Your employer is having financial problems. There is a lot of pressure to do “more with less”, to pull together and “do the deals”, close the sales before end of quarter. But really, what do you owe your employer in the modern era ? What is best for you ? This situation is one where the modern paradigm of fail fast, fail often and fail early applies.