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Linux Magazine – Top 20 companies to Watch award

What could be a better way to start the new year than with a brand new award? Check out this issue of Linux Magazine, which names Cisco to the ‘Top 20 companies to watch in 2009′ award, debuting at #5. According to Linux magazine, they’ve chosen these companies (with a little help from their crystal ball) because “these firms have a high probability of helping their customers to save some funds in 2009. Chosen because they could help enterprises survive and even thrive..”. I thought that was beautifully put, almost John Chambers like. imageAmong other things, Linux magazine specifically mentions the work done by the Integrated Services Router and the Cisco ‘Think Inside the Box Developer’ contest. I thought that was pretty cool. This is certainly a new direction for Cisco, but it also builds upon a lot of efforts that different groups of people have put in the direction of adopting Linux, Open Source and collaboration in general. Special thanks to Linux Magazine, their editorial team and a big shout-out to their readers from our side. We are excited…Go 2009!

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  1. It is nice to see Cisco opening up into this space. I did peek around a bit on AXP and its capabilities. While I understand that it is a Linux environment, what kind of flexibility do you have to modify the Linux code running on your router ? For ex, do I have access to modify the network layers ? I can think of a bunch of network applications running on Linux which can be hosted on a router. I work with Linux internals and am just curious what your thoughts are on this. Thanks for this contest!Cheers,Zhi

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  2. Yes you can modify the packet and grab it from raw socket i.e. layer 2. Hence we provide developers with a lot of flexibility to write applications which can seamlessly integrate and coexist on a router.

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  3. Shashi Kiran

    Hi Zhi Li,What you’re talking about is applications that can be made network-aware. I think that’s a great way to utilize the power of the platform. This URL provides you with information on some of the capabilities in a fair amount of detail. Do feel free to ping us back with specifics:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/services_modules/ax/1.0/developer/guide/axpdev.html

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  4. The answer to your original question, no. You cannot alter the actual code and behavior of IOS using AXP. As Anurag mentioned, you can intercept and redirect packets to AXP for processing as well as receive copies of packets for monitoring and analysis. In addition, AXP supports a set of IOS integration APIs. With these APIs, you can can dynamically query, monitor, configure and react to network events on the router.

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  5. Cisco purchased PostPath, a handy Microsoft Exchange substitute.I like this reason why cisco is Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2009.By acquiring PostPath’s Linux-based email of Cisco will beat Microsoft Exchange in market share.

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  6. What you’re talking about is applications that can be made network-aware. I think that’s a great way to utilize the power of the platform.!!

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  7. Linux Magazine’s award also cites the acquisition of PostPath and Cisco Unified Communications solutions from Cisco as key initiatives that have advanced the cause of open source and open standards to improve collaboration.

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  8. I have liked your thoughts on linux magazine. I am going to subscribe your article and will come here again to know more. thanks,Iraqi Dinar

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  10. It’s not the first award, and not the last.
    Many solutions are equal to Cisco in its field.

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