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I saw an announcement today in the Data Center space that reminds me well of some famous words by the inimitable William Shakespeare… but we’ll get to those in a few moments. It looks like companies one solely focused on storage networking are now following in our footsteps yet rather than providing vision, strategy, and execution the are providing vibrant PowerPoint showcasing an intent to start becoming a network player. I applaud this deciison and welcome them to the Ethernet party, it started 15+ years ago in switching but new market entrants are always welcome. Certainly pioneering innovations in Ethernet like switching itself, lossless forwarding, VLANs, FibreChannel over Ethernet, EtherChannel, etc are all some protocols that Cisco has innovated that may be of use- but don’t forget RFC1149, it’s a must-have for new players in this space… and apropos.Tune in next week for some real announcements in the Data Center, ones that build a resilient, efficient, and lasting infrastructure with an architectural approach that is backed by furious execution. As for The Bard… I always loved this quote from MacBeth-”…a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard of no more. It is a tale… …full of sound and fury, signifiying nothing.” —William Shakespeare

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