The Mystifying Struggle to Mix Enterprise and SP Infrastructure

J. Caron
J. Caron

Summary Bullets:

  • The “golden thread” linking carrier infrastructure and enterprise CPE for managed services is a myth.
  • There should be added value, but most suppliers have failed to deliver it.

It seems to be such a straightforward, simple proposition. Service providers build managed network and application solutions using a certain supplier’s infrastructure, and the resultant service is terminated elegantly and powerfully with enterprise premises infrastructure from the same supplier. Goodness flows liberally in this setup, through supplier-specific value-add features, increased manageability and better security. The evidence suggests, however, that this rarely happens. The managed services golden thread is a myth. Continue reading “The Mystifying Struggle to Mix Enterprise and SP Infrastructure”

When is a Tablet Not a Tablet?

Brian Riggs
B. Riggs

Summary Bullets:

  • Tablet-like mobile end points from Cisco and Avaya are distinct from consumer tablets
  • Cisco Cius and Avaya ADVD are distinct from each other

Cisco Cius and Avaya Desktop Video Device (ADVD) – They look like tablets: Mobile computers built into a flat touch screen, and are larger than a smartphone, but smaller than a laptop. They act like tablets with swipe interfaces. They have access to a variety of personal and video apps, and in Cius’ case, an app store. But they’re not tablets. At least IT managers shouldn’t think of them in the same way they think of tablets.
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When Vendors Attack

J. Caron
J. Caron

Summary Bullets:

  • Vendors sniping at each other is nothing new – it’s just business
  • Increased competitiveness cannot be a bad thing for IT buyers

Who out there really could be offended by Cisco’s recently launched attack campaign on Juniper? Well, Juniper of course—but Juniper is a massively successful multi-billion dollar company perfectly capable of handling itself in such matters. My view is that pointing out competitor deficiencies—real or imagined—is part of the process; indeed, a healthy part of the process if done above board and within legal parameters. It’s a sign of heated competition and fear, and as we all know there is fun in fear. In this case, the fun comes from suppliers slapping each other silly, decreasing development cycles while increasing pricing pressure – you know, generally making the world a better place for IT and networking buyers.

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IT Market Upheaval Drives Opportunity

J. Caron
J. Caron

Summary Bullets:

  • IT market upheaval is good for IT managers
  • New Current Analysis IT Connection blog delivers access to analyst thoughts

These are intensely turbulent times. This is true at a macro level, in terms of economic and socio-political change, but also true in the world of IT technology and services. From the hype surrounding the so-called convergence of networking and IT, to the bombastic (some would say obnoxious) revolutionary claims of cloud services, the world of the IT manager and executive really is changing, and this is really good news.

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