Response: IP PBX sales decline 10% | Dell’Oro

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The IP PBX business is shrinking as mobile phones replace desk phones. More importantly, voice calls are replaced with chat applications like Skype, FaceTime, SnapChat. Modern companies are using messaging platforms like Slack to replace time wasting telephone calls – we run the Packet Pushers business zero telephone calls. I’ve been predicting this for a year […]

Response: Extreme Charges License Fee When Using OEM SFPs, Limits Bandwidth

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Extreme Network now charges a license fee for ports that have 40G/100G OEM or third party SFPs installed. If you don’t purchase a license within 90 days, it will limit bandwidth to 25%. How crappy is that ? Hiding the full price of the switch in SFP pricing strategies is a dumb idea that all the vendors have, what about simply being honest and calling it what it is – a per-port licensing fee designed to extract more revenue from a shrinking market.

Response: SDN Disruption to Networking Monitoring & Gartner’s NPMD

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Gartner has defined itself a new market segment in “Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics” (NPMD) that highlights “solutions from AppNeta, CA Technologies, Corvil, Fluke Networks, Genie Networks, HP, Infovista, JSDU (via Network Instruments acquisition), Lancope, NetScout Systems, Niksun, Orsyp, Paessler, Riverbed, and SevOne.” These are all good companies but these companies mostly rely on hardware […]

Lying Headline From Business Insider: Cisco Is Going To Crush VMware

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Received an email about this article Chambers: Cisco Is Going To Crush VMware – Business Insider. The title  strongly suggests that John Chambers said “Cisco is going to crush VMware” but it’s a lie. The closest that the article content gets is: A cheerful John Chambers told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday that his plan to crush […]

Response: Math and Monitoring

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Monitorama has posted the videos from their conference PDX 2014 and I’ve been watching them during concentration breaks. Most of them are very good story telling from real practitioners who have real world experiences. I wanted to call out just two that impressed me deeply. Noah Kantrowitz’s session from Monitorama PDX 2014 talks about using […]