Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 28 Feb 10:
- Introducing CIM Modeling Services – Data Center Networks –
We recently launched a new service capability out of our Customer Advocacy teams that provides a collaborative medium between facilities and IT operations. For anyone who has tried to manage the design aspects of establishing a new data center infrastructure architecture, you know that some of the most painful moments come from “translating” between facilities and IT designs. We’ve chosen to develop proposed infrastructure architectures using Google SketchUp which is freeware and incredibly easy to use.
Sounds boring but this is actually a very cool demo. Worth looking at if you are designing large data centres.
- Is monogamy good for technology? | The Open Road – CNET News –
Apple creates wonderful technology. I've long been a customer. But I don't want it to be my only vendor, any more than I wanted Microsoft to be such. I'm therefore betting on Google to break the choke hold and will happily pay it for its troubles.
I have similar concerns. For now, I am content to live with Apple technology because it all works together and it works well. This gives me a LOT more time to do actual work when compared to Windows or Linux. What I'm hoping is that Linux finally converges on a user experience that works well. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to work reliably.
"“I want Quality. Choice is optional, Freedom is optional, Cost is negotiable. I want Quality.” – Etherealmind
- Is Competition Starting to Eat Into Cisco’s Core Markets? – GigaOM – As I have pointed out a few times recently, Cisco isn't focussing on the Core Routing and Switching products and this is leading to customers moving to other suppliers. I maintain that the Cisco price premium is less and less sustainable and recent prices increases in Europe are just a symptom of this. Om Malik says??:
So are these losses permanent? The answer is no, at least in the short term. The company is clearly working on new switches for the big shift to the next generation of switching. And ASR sales have picked up, so there is a pretty good chance Cisco can snap back in the edge routing business. However, over the longer term the company is going to find itself challenged by low-cost manufacturers and increasingly desperate competitors.
I'm hoping Cisco starts focussing on customers and less on shareholders or I am going to lose opportunities.