I told you Cisco Systems
Cisco has always been deeply connected to the IT industry, and the company's wide-ranging partner network has been one of its biggest strengths. But selling servers in direct competition with longtime buddies like IBM
Sure enough, the industry is turning against Cisco. First it was IBM that partnered up with Juniper Networks
Dell says that the Juniper partnership is all about giving consumers choice and avoiding single-vendor lock-in. Without Dell pointing fingers, it's pretty clear that the single vendor to avoid is Cisco, with its stated and implied goal of giving enterprise customers an end-to-end data center platform under the Cisco brand.
The minute Cisco CEO John Chambers signed off on that kooky plan to sell Cisco servers may have been the beginning of the end. This is not the universally loved Cisco we used to know and, well, love. This version has enemies outside the networking world. The balance of power seems to be shifting toward smaller players like Juniper, Brocade Communications Systems
Has Cisco peaked, or am I reading too much into the apparent anti-Cisco movement? Set the record straight in the comments below, dear Fool.
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