Re: Another negative slant on a post by who, Greg - Surprise
BS#1 - ACI is catching up to competing strategies from VMware NSX and HP VAN.
Response - ACI is providiing far more than NSX will ever be able to do and a 7 year old company that cannot show 20 customers with full features at scale, they are incomplete also as you have to plug it into something and buy hw gateways for vxlan and cannot do network virtualization for any platform, nor can they even do it for VSS, VDS, or any other edge other than the NSX vswitch. Greg knows better
BS#2 - Customers that are holding back on Cisco are reluctant to speak publicly, but internal sources talk about significant pushback against ACI on the basis of proprietary technology, complexity, and high pricing.
Response - This is pure BS, Greg has no idea on pricing, how open the platform is and the fact that we can not only existing on existing infrastructure but ACI can be extended over competitive infrastructure. Greg do your homework...
BS#3 - Many organizations perceive that deploying ACI will create a dependency on Cisco technology, not just for routing and switching, but also for UCS servers, firewalls and IDS, and Invicta storage.
Response - Customers can run python scripting, puppet, chef, openflow, and ACI, with NXOS mode or ACI mode. There is no dependency as Greg states - just another shovel full
BS#4 - Some critics make the point that Cisco has been promoting ACI to customers since mid–2013. Cisco has 75% market share, which makes these numbers seem low compared to the total number of addressable customers.
Response - This is a clear indication to me that the author knows nothing about taking a product to market. Maybe we should be a 7 year old, agile software company, who cannot produce 20 referenceable customers at full features and scale. Amazingly poor understanding of a market
BS#5 - On the other hand, slow uptake is to be expected because ACI is an early-stage technology, highly disruptive to IT operations, and the product is not yet shipping.
Response - Complete mis-information. Greg has no idea what customers we have in production, it is not highly disruptive - maybe I should put a SDN LAN emulation model in place that forces me to have a bunch of x86 appliances recreating ATM LAN Emulation on x86, terrible traffic flows, having to build a separate network for management, vmotion - live migration, controllers, and have low scale, force a bunch of NAT domains, and oh, by the way, force to rip out ever vswitch, upgrade every vswitch from the new system to fix lousy performance of OVS, and not be able to accomodate any other platform because VMware is locking everyone out of the kernel.
BS#6 - The early-adopter model is well entrenched at Cisco to seed deployments for companies willing to take risks so that deployments are ready at launch. Cisco executives will, of course, assure you that they are pleased with the uptake and customer interest to date. The early marketing program has been as vigorous and comprehensive as Cisco can make it, and many customers are looking forward to ACI.
Response - Not sure what to say here other than your writer needs to put on an orange wig, red nose, and floppy shoes.
BS#7 - One final concern is purchase price. VMware NSX pricing has been widely criticized in recent months. This is in part because of its emphasis on rental licensing, but mostly because it is simply expensive and perceived as overpriced. Cisco is already known for high product pricing, but until actual ACI/APIC pricing is available, a proper evaluation cannot be made. Customers are looking to reduce their overall IT spend, and any attempt to increase top-line spending is likely to meet significant resistance.
Response - Do your homework Greg, others have and you clearly have not.
BS#8 - Cisco has had a few quarters of poor business with mixed outcomes in different business units. In the last two quarters alone, profits and revenue have dropped by 5% or more, with the gross profit margin now reduced to slightly more than 60%. Most financial news suggests that Cisco's share price has remained flat due to huge buybacks of shares. Cisco has announced a $10 billion share buyback, funded by debt raising in the US and backed by $30 billion net cash in offshore funds.
Response - Not only do you mis-reprsent technical data, you have no clear idea on how to do financial analyst.
Final comments - I realize after writing this that I am the fool for validating this comic book of pseudo-networking BS.