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.

Heartbleed Bug Catches Cisco and Juniper in its Grasps

Last week on April 7th the web was rocked by a security bug called Heartbleed.  It’s a flaw in a commonly used security system, OpenSSL, which nearly two-thirds of all websites globally out there use to keep information secure.  The media has had a field day with this news and unless you live under a rock you’ve probably already heard about the Heartbleed Bug or seen its logo.  The flaw in the system lets attackers eavesdrop on Web, e-mail, and some VPN communications.  Not only are servers using OpenSSL affected by this vulnerability, network gear from Cisco and Juniper Networks using OpenSSL are affected as well. 

Will Cisco and others survive amidst SDN and Cloud Computing?

Pierre Ferragu of Bernstein Research covered six networking vendors rating them on their market performance.  Cisco Systems, Ubiquity Networks, and F5 Networks all received a market performance rating of “Outperform”.  Juniper was given a “Neutral Market Perform” rating, and Aruba and Ruckas were given a rating of “Underperform”.

2014 Brings Big Changes to Facebook's Data Centers


We first talked about Facebook’s Open Compute Project back in June of last year in our blog post, “Will Cisco Survive Facebook? Sure they will, but it is going to get interesting.” After last week’s Open Compute Summit it is time to broach the subject once again.  Facebook announced that it will be making big changes in its data centers this year.  Changes that will no doubt rock a few of the incumbents like Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade, as they move away from conventional networking suppliers. 

Frankly, Facebook’s vision of an open-source data center sounds less and less crazy every day.  The Open Compute concept has been quickly gaining momentum for the last several years, as vendors have been coming around to the idea and signing up as partners.  The Open Compute Project, started by Facebook, is an open source effort to redesign data centers and the hardware that resides in them.  Facebook’s Jay Parikh, the company’s vice president of infrastructure, announced that the company has saved $1.2 billion over the last three years redesigning its data centers.  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, talked about how the company has made clear strides as a result of the project at the conference as well.

There’s Big Money to be made in Network Security

Have you ever been the victim of a network security breach?  Has your identity ever been stolen, or have hackers compromised your entity’s valuable data?  Just this week I got an email from Google telling me that someone tried to sign in to my daughter’s Gmail account.  Does this look familiar…

Brocade and Juniper take on Cisco in the Race for First

Buyer's Guide to Digital Electronic Equipment: No strings attached

Many products with digital parts are sold with “strings” designed to lock buyers into high-margin post-purchase contracts for such things as “Support”, “Maintenance”, and “Upgrades”.  Some contracts are so intertwined into the purchase that buyers are forced to replace fully functional equipment on a schedule dictated by the manufacturer.

This blog allows you to learn how you can protect yourself from policies that limit your exposure to hidden permission issues that threaten your right of ownership and create nonessential replacement costs. 

Data Center OEM Weekly News on Cisco, Juniper and more

Cisco is salivating over the news from Huawei's VP Eric Xu that "Huawei is no longer interested in in the U.S. market anymore." As you may recall Huawei has had difficulty with the U.S. government's hardline stance towards Huawei due to its Chinese military ties. Xu said that Huawei is downward revising its 2017 enterprise sales to $10B which is below its prior goal of $15B. Huawei finished 2012 with enterprise sales of $1.9B. This is sure to boost Cisco's stock price.

2013 – It’s all about SDN – Software Defined Networking

If you haven’t caught wind of it yet, you’re sure to in 2013.  Software defined networking (SDN) seems to be all the rage for the upcoming year, and quite possibly for many years to come. (SDN) is changing the way data centers run, and OEMs are racing to get a piece of the predicted $2 billion a year (by 2016) pie.  The question is will everyone get an equal share of the pie, or will there be a few greedy pie hogs and only a crumb or two left for the rest.  It’s too early to tell, but one thing’s for certain money is flying around the network world like a massive hurricane picking up any SDN startup that looks promising.

Riddle: Q. When is the “Cloud” not a “Cloud”? A. When It’s Wet.

Cloud services, be they private clouds, public clouds, or even traditional hosted services are themselves just as vulnerable as ordinary data centers to infrastructure problems of water, power, access, and adequate disaster backup.  Hurricane Sandy has taken an unexpected toll on Cloud services, highlighting the importance of picking the physical location of the underlying assets.

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