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A refresh of Cisco's (CSCO) Catalyst Ethernet switch line has been the highlight of the...

A refresh of Cisco's (CSCO) Catalyst Ethernet switch line has been the highlight of the networking giant's Live conference. In addition to hardware updates (higher-density line cards, more powerful supervisor engines, etc.), Cisco has added support for its ONE software-defined networking (SDN) controller (recently launched) and related onePK API. Cisco plans to provide onePK support for its entire switch/router lineup in the next 12 months. The hardware updates are meant to deal with near-term competition from H-P, Huawei, and others. The software updates are aimed at keeping buyers of Cisco's proprietary gear loyal over the long run as a slew of SDN rivals roll out solutions leveraging commodity hardware.
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  • thatsthetruthofit
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    Defending the "proprietary gear". Similar to IBM's approach with the Mainframe. Except mainframe applications are stickier than switches. Switches swap out easy. Silicon valley venture capital is smart money. They are putting that funding into switches because the operational savings to the customer are massive and the transition is easy.
    25 Jun 2013, 06:26 PM Reply Like
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