While sharing your quarterly results and a look forward is fair play in today’s competitive IT vendor environment, grossly overstating things doesn’t benefit the vendor (and its customers) in the long run.See this recent blog from The VAR Guy, who attended F5′s partner summit in New Orleans recently.Couple points worth noting:”œLess than 10 years ago, the relevant players in the data center were server vendors,” said McAdam (F5 CEO). But the data center market has shifted toward F5 Networks and its network application expertise, he insisted.Hmmm. That means that resellers (and IT buyers) should focus more on F5 (or any other vendors’) load balancers more so than servers and server virtualization?And then there is the issue of honest vendor claims (even if New Orleans can lead to late nights and rough mornings): “At the product level,” McAdam said,”we beat Cisco 99 percent of the time.” Hmmm (again). If F5 wins 99% of the time, and even half the opportunities were competitive (the real % is higher) of the 2500+ ACE customers, then F5 must have 250,000+ units shipped in the last two years since ACE was launched. Hard #’s to back up.So a note to the wise: enjoy the glory of a good quarter and share with your field counterparts, but it helps to stay between the lines, even if that’s in the French Quarter down in New Orleans.
For those of you going to going to the Next Generation Data Center conference in San Francisco in a couple of weeks, be sure to check out Rajiv Ramaswami‘s keynote: “Data Center 3.0: How the Network is Transforming the Data Center” (Tuesday, Aug 5th, 1:30pm). Rajiv is VP/GM for Cisco’s Data Center Business Unit. As both an industry and Cisco veteran, Rajiv has some great insight into what is on the horizon in the data center and how the network will accelerate key trends such as virtualization, collaboration, and new service models.
We had an interesting thread unfold on an internal list, which I thought I would open up to our readership. Someone was foraging around the network and came across some impressive server uptime (all server names changed to keep infosec happy):
server-x% uptime7:13pm up 500 day(s), 3:17, 53 users, load average: 0.08, 0.11, 0.11
to which someone else countered with
server-y$ uptime23:45:15 up 700 days, 8:31, 3 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
The irony behind this server is that it has outlasted the business unit it apparently supported.
However, the winner so far is:
WS-C5000 Software, Version McpSW: 3.1(2) NmpSW: 3.1(2a)Copyright (c) 1995-1998 by Cisco SystemsNMP S/W compiled on Feb 20 1998, 18:56:57MCP S/W compiled on Feb 20 1998, 19:05:51System Bootstrap Version: 2.4(1)Hardware Version: 2.1 Model: WS-C5000 Serial #: 007584271…Uptime is 2618 days, 9 hours, 11 minutes
7+ years--guess there is something to that investment protection thing after all.
So what is the best system uptime in your data center? The response with the best uptime gets a Cisco fleece.
This week saw the reactive execution of something we have predicted for a while- the consolidation of corporate entities to bring together LAN and SAN and try to challenge our Unified Fabric and Data Center 3.0 Vision. First I wanted to express gratitude for a multi-billion dollar valuation and endorsement of our vision that we started execution on in 2002. 2002 was when we first brought out our MDS 9500 Storage Director. It was designed with several key common architectural points with the Catalyst 6500- same Fabric ASICs, common equipment designs, etc. Subsequent to that we have evolved both platforms and introduced the Nexus 7000 and 5000 bringing FCoE to the market and delivering next-generation convergence platforms purpose-built for the data center and most importantly have delivered a strategic operating system that enables the convergence of these areas into a common hardware, silicon, and now software model- the key abstraction to the administrator/operator. It’s years of work, and we’re fortunate to have it finished.I personally don’t so much see this weeks news as the emergence of a new and stronger competitor as much as I see it as the loss of a respected adversary in the LAN market who played the game well….dgP.S -- US Principles of War for Offensives: Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative or if I was to paraphrase -- lead, don’t follow.
Ken Oestreich wrote this piece with a nice summary of the SF Data Center Dynamics conference.Even quoted our Greenest VP, Paul MArcoux on some of the areas we are seeing synergies between Campus, WAN, Data Center, Building Automation, etc. dg