Networking giant Cisco is facing the same onrush of terrifying low-cost competitors that server vendors and chipmakers are dealing with, and is now trying to convince the world that its tech is more open and interoperable than people think. The new marketing approach has come about as the networking company prepares to sell its …
'"When I have so few components it is not only highly reliable, it is damn cheap to make," she contended.'
OK, cheap to make, but will they be cheap to buy?
Knowing Cisco, probably not.
The only way to take cisco down
Is to produce something that can be managed like IOS (Same style, not necessarily bit by bit) and run on Linux on standard hardware.
Once people discovers that Cisco does nothing special, they will come to their senses.
Re: The only way to take cisco down
Another way to bring down Cisco is TBN...
Or, "Thought-Based Networking"
But, that will require "switching brains" and maybe some teleportation.
Imagine, though, if Cisco quietly went into the "teleportation" (data and cellular and DNA) research field....
Imagine a Cisco Transporter putting someone into a pattern buffer, then throttling the subject, subjecting it/him/her to SOS, QOS, an other stream management. Would then result be equal to the origina, quantum or otherwise?
How much will the software cost
Cisco claims to have cheap hardware (actually, it's not that cheap and NOT cheaper once cables and 'certified' SFPs are added to the bill) but it needs the APIC controllers to make the magic happen.
What price will Cisco charge for APIC ? Will Cisco look to recover lost profits and lost revenue by going for a high price ? History says they will certainly try but I'm doubtful that enough customers will pay.
3 doubts about Cisco's application policy infrastructure controller (APIC)
"The new Cisco APIC SDN controller will only work with Cisco equipment."
"The advanced features on the Cisco Nexus 9000 will only work with the Cisco APIC SDN controller and that won't be ready until mid-2014."
"The Cisco APIC SDN controller won't even work with the Cisco Nexus 7000 and you need to use the Cisco onePK toolkit with it."