Takeaway: DevOps is a first rate staff, second class assets. Helluva difference from Enterprise IT.
The future of networking, and IT Infrastructure more generally, will be driven by machine to machine interactions.
Just because I share my opinion publicly doesn’t make me an analyst. I’d rather be known as an Activist Customer than a Citizen Analyst since there is widespread perception that industry analysts are biased or easily influenced.
I doubt that anyone bought a Vblock because it was a market leading networking strategy. I’ve been a supporter of VCE but today I’m doubtful that choosing Cisco ACI is good strategy for their customers. My view is that most customers buy VCE Vblocks as a VMware platform. What VCE offers is a services package of fully supported storage, compute and networking that removes customer risk around VMware deployments while reselling EMC & Cisco hardware.
Many people are predicting that networking will become a heavily commoditised with cheap white box hardware in the next few years. But I don’t believe commoditisation will happen the way that most people expect. So in this article I’m working through different ideas and concepts on product pricing and perceived value of networking as a whole. I would welcome discussion on this, I’m not completely confident that I’ve got my ideas locked down here. See you in the comments !