Rant: Oh, You Want It To Work As Well ?

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When we spend millions of dollars on a network product we don’t actually expect it to work. That’s why it is completely normal to see job advertisement for a 5 day contract engagement to perform a validation that product doesn’t have any bugs. Think about the cost incurred by this company to check if this Cisco Nexus is actually fit for purpose.

Cisco COO Claims Amazon as Huge Customer and Other Insights

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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.

VCE chooses Cisco ACI as SDN Strategy Instead of VMware NSX

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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.

Erratum: On Cisco IOS and QNX

In last weeks Packet Pushers episode Show 177 – Current Practices I speculated about the relationship of Cisco and QNX. Turns out that most of what I discussed was wide of the mark and partly incorrect.