Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Break Up with the OEM for Maintenance and Support

They're just not that into you.

In the beginning, they seemed so loving and caring. As time passed, they became more and more demanding of your time and money.  They started draining you of your resources. They started making ultimatums. Does this sound like the relationship between you and your original equipment manufacturer (OEM)? Read on to find out the Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Break Up With Your OEM for Maintenance and Support.

Determining When to Upgrade Your Cisco 18xx / 28xx / 38xx G1 Routers to G2 Routers Cisco 19xx / 29xx / 39xx

Cisco is ending support for hundreds of thousands of Cisco 18xx / 28xx / 38xx:

Arista Networks Files Antitrust Claims in Countersuit Against Cisco Systems

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Arista Networks alleged that Cisco Systems is engaged in anti-competitive practices. Arista claims that Cisco has been price-gouging customers that purchased alternative network switches by charging higher fees through SMARTnet maintenance.

Cisco unveils new core routers and other Cisco happenings

Cisco unveils new core routers, outlines NPU plans and EZchip takes off 

  • At a launch event for its new NCS core router line, Cisco (CSCO -0.5%) states its recently-announced nPower X1 network processor (NPU) won't displace EZchip's NPUs.
  • EZchip shares, which tumbled when the X1 was originally announced, have shot higher. Oppenheimer had estimated the nPower X1 could hurt EZchip's top line by 20%-25% if used in future Cisco edge routers.
  • Cisco states the X1, which (per John Chambers) cost $250M to develop, will power the NCS line, as well as its mainstay CRS-X core routers.
  • The NCS line is meant to provide better support for diverse traffic loads than the CRS-X line. Cisco touts the programmability of its new hardware, as well as its advanced management tools (both physical and virtual resources can be provisioned across systems) and support for the company's ONE SDN platform.
  • The high-end NCS 6000 supports line cards with densities up to 1Tbps; that exceeds the 400Gbps supported by the CRS-X and supports arguments the former will be viewed as a replacement for the latter, even if it isn't officially marketed as such.
  • The NCS 6000 is already shipping, as is a complementary 100G optical transport system known as the NCS 2000. Japan's KDDI and Australia's Telstra are among the first clients. A less powerful router known as the NCS 4000 will ship in 1H14.
  • Juniper (JNPR -1.2%), whose successful PTX Series routers are being targeted by the NCS line, is ticking lower.

News courtesy of SeekingAlpha.

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How Cisco is Weathering the London Olympics

Each time I get a push notification on my phone from my handy dandy NBC Olympic app I think about Cisco and I’m astounded by the ever-changing technology that surrounds us.  They are calling it the Digital Olympics in London, and there’s good reason to do so.    In the palm of my hand I can see minute to minute updates of the latest in breaking Olympic news, videos, photos, medal counts, athlete bios, and wait… yes, even watch my favorite (swimming – Go Phelps!) Olympic events live!  And while I may be cozily sitting in my office watching the Olympics on my phone – ah, I mean working… there are many “Cisco-ians” fast at work making it all possible in London.

Cisco Raises the Roof at the 2012 Summer Olympics

We are often found ragging on Cisco for its dirty big business antics, but this time the tables are turned and we applaud them.  Cisco will be alive and well at the Olympics this summer in London.  Cisco is a key sponsor and the proud supporter and network infrastructure provider for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  And from the looks of what they’ve accomplished so far, Cisco has been hard at work for a while getting London ready for the games.

Cisco "Industrializes the Internet" with IE 2000 Switch Series

Cisco this week unveiled an updated line of Ethernet switches at the Hanover Messe Industrial Automation trade fair in Germany this week.  Cisco has reinforced its commitment to the industrialization of the Internet with this new series of switches aimed squarely at the industrial market.  The IE 2000 series is an extension of Cisco's current industrial Ethernet product lines, the Catalyst 2955 and the IE 3000 series. They are intended to address the expansion of machine-to-machine communications on factory floors and in other industrial environments.

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