Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 6 Jun 2011:
- Cisco Rivals Woo Users With Price Cuts, Less ‘Intimidation’ – Bloomberg – This isn’t new, it’s an old IBM tactic to go over the decision makers head and call their judgement into question:
Capps estimates that the online ticket seller spent about half the money it would have using Cisco products and got equipment that was better suited to its data centers, the massive rooms of computers that run websites. Cisco responded to Capps’s decision by calling his boss and questioning his competence as a technology manager, he said.
“Cisco wasn’t serving our needs,” Capps said. “They were not innovating in the areas of data-center operations that we needed innovation. The way they go about their sales process is through pressure and intimidation.”
You can take the view that Cisco is back to winning deals by dirty means (and I mean “back to the 1990’s kill or die sales mentality” where no one cared if they pissed off the customer, only this quarter’s numbers mattered) or there are some rogue IBM sales people who’ve been called out. I’ll take both options and point out that Cisco is desperate to sell something and get the numbers back on track. Expect more of this.
PS: In the late nineties I was a Salesman for a Reseller, and experienced this tactic several times. Same during the 00’s too (but because Cisco won most deals, it wasn’t so obvious).
- Cisco Needs to Return to Core Business –
Somewhere along the line, Cisco forgot what it did best. It’s core business is making the devices we know and (usually) love: routers and switches. Those big boxes with lots of blinking lights that switch frames and route packets; the high-priced machines they sell to large corporations, ISPs, and governments and reap huge profits on.
Unfortunately, lots of those customers are having money issues of their own, especially the governments. It’s easy to justify paying the “Cisco tax” when you have plenty of money to spend. It’s not so easy when you have to make every dollar count or — even worse — don’t have any dollars to spend at all.
I agree with just about everthing in here from Jeremy. Stop fiddling with toys or my business will go elsewhere to companies who are completely focussed on their customers. While Cisco might have wanted to become a conglomerate like GE, and it appears that’s what Uncle John wanted to do, its also a failure. Billions wasted on failed execution – they saw the “retail video” and bought Pure Digital but failed to execute. Cisco saw the home revolution and bought Scientific Atlanta for set top boxes and a presence in the home – and failed to execute. They decided the online media might be fun and bought “EOS Media” and even got a major label to sign on – and failed to execute. The list goes on and on. Its seems the story is that Cisco cannot execute – and customers are noticing.
- Judge blasts Cisco’s ‘unmitigated gall’ in ex-exec’s arrest • Channel Register – Article appears to talk about Cisco using lawyers to pursue someone who criticised them about their trade practices.
On Tuesday, McKinnon agreed. The activities of Cisco and the US prosecutor that led to Alfred-Adekeye’s arrest, would make an impartial observer “blanch at the audacity of it all,” he said, referring to the information they provided to the Canadian authorities as “full of innuendo, half-truths and falsehoods,” according to the Vancouver Sun.
“This speaks volumes for Cisco’s duplicity,” McKinnon said, charging Cisco with “unmitigated gall” in using such a heavy-handed move as an unsupportable arrest and jailing to pressure Alfred-Adekeye to drop or settle his civil antitrust complaint.
Jailed for 28 days in Canada. Not a good look at all. Is this the new Cisco ? Calling the boss when deals are lost ? Suing people who criticise them ?
- A Gift for My Successor | Popular Woodworking Magazine –
In 2006 a reader sent me a little spiral-bound black book that was filled with handwritten notecards. Graphs. Equations. Photos.
It was a carefully assembled list of all my mistakes and misdeeds during the previous decade. It called me out as a fake – someone who doesn’t understand woodworking or handwork or editing a magazine.
Eloquent and correct. It’s hard to remember your failures, the human mind wants to forget the bad and remember the good as a survival mechanism. But you learn from your mistakes and recalling them improves your life.
- iTerm2-beta2.zip – iterm2 – Beta 2: Amazingly bug-free! – Development site for iTerm2 – Google Project Hosting – iTerm 2 Beta 2 is out for OSX. I’m using it, so far, it’s all good.
- The Roving Network Engineer’s blog..: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.. The consequences of the possible RSA breach. – The flip side of replacing your RSA tokens is :
In a larger more distributed firm, it’s much harder. You need really strong procedures to make sure that individuals prove their identity, and huge pressure will be applied to keep remote and senior workers working. The biggest risk is by forcing this behavior, is that you increase the chance of a social engineer getting hold of a valid token.
Very good points from Dan here.
- Virtual Connect and HP A-Series switches (A5820) IRF Integration Guide – Virtual Connect and HP A-Series switches (A5820) IRF Integration Guide in PDF format.
Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) is an innovative HP switch platform virtualization technology that allows dramatic simplification of the design and operations of data center and campus Ethernet networks. IRF overcomes the limitations of traditional STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) based and legacy competitive designs by delivering new levels of network performance and resiliency.
Virtual Connect is an industry standard-based implementation of server-edge virtualization. It cleanly separates server enclosure administration from LAN and SAN administration and allows you to add, move, or replace servers without impacting production LAN and SAN availability
This document provides detailed configuration and test information for the following items:
Documentation. At last.
- Go Daddy ‘negligent’ in handing over ownership of accounts • The Register – Godaddy continues to behave unethically:
“Much about Go Daddy’s conduct causes us concern, particularly Baranowsky’s inaction when Wallace emailed him and asked him to return to Jeff everything in the account but Myrejunenate.com,” the judges said in their ruling
Another reminder, if you need one, that Godaddy are not to be trusted with your business. This time it’s a judge having a few words to say.
- Knuckle Tattoos » CCIE 4736 – So yeah, I’m CCIE#6920 but I’m pretty sure that not many people care about it. Getting it tattoo’d on your fingers seems wrong to me. Probably just me.
- New “ShaperProbe” tool detects ISP traffic shaping –
Partha Kanuparthy and Constantine Dovrolis wanted to measure Internet shaping, so they built a tool called ShaperProbe to do so. The tool relies on users from around the country running tests in which the user’s computer transmits data at a constant bit rate, while ShaperProbe’s 48 Linux-based server instances watch incoming traffic to see if that rate degrades in predictable ways over time. Using the M-Lab infrastructure, ShaperProbe has collected more than 1 million trial runs from 5,700 ISPs over the last two years (run your own test).
Keeping the carriers honest is a full time job. If they spent more money on upgrading bandwidth instead of restricting it, they might have happy customers. Just a thought.