- That Cisco will continue to misspell the word “Center”, when everyone knows that is correctly spelled “Centre”.
- That network engineers are going to be wondering if Cisco is still going to be selling routers next year ? First Linksys home network kit, and now servers. What is Cisco focussing on ?
- That the same network engineers can’t wait to buy those servers for network operations server for running Cacti and Ciscoworks. Not for loyalty, or for any other reason than to piss off the Server Huggers.
Oh, and to avoid asking them to do trivial tasks like patch an OS and waiting 5 weeks.
- That Cisco servers will only be certified to run VMWare. And there won’t be any support for MS Windows, or Linux or any other OS on the platform.
- That the HP / IBM / Dell Sales reps will visiting the Networking Team in the next few weeks to sound them out about whether they are planning anything with this new kit. Start planning for some free lunches
But more seriously. Here are my prognostications for the day, I have no foreknowledge or insight into what really will happen, frankly, with the level of hype I am not sure that any rational discussion is going to be possible.
- Cisco is going to announce some server hardware, like really BIG hardware with lots of CPU/MEMORY with some type of Fancy IO system. It will only run VMware. They are not going head to head with HP & IBM on Systems.
- The message will clearly say that they are no going head to head with HP and IBM. And no analysts will believe them.
- That Cisco will announce they have bought more stock in VMware, probably with that $4 billion they raised a few weeks ago
- The servers are going to be full of shiny, non-standard FCoE and DCE stuff, plus some Nexus 1000V for a deep plunge VMWare platform. They will only be compatible with Nexus 5000/2000 in the network. (Oh ok, they will plug in to normal switches, but what would be the point)
- That they will also announce a new version vFrame, vFrame 3.0 that will fully automated provision of virtual machines, firewalls, load balancers. and the entire network stack. And still no one will understand it.
They will then proclaim that they have an Enterprise Cloud Computer system. In fact, you can bet that “Cloud Computing” will be heard so often that it just might, might I tell you, wear the term out.
If you are a Ciscotist, Sound off in the comments!