It's the sort of story you read and think to yourself, "something has to be wrong." If there was ever a vendor I wouldn't want mucking around with where and how applications are running, it would be Cisco. What I want from Cisco is a great, highly reliable, manageable, standards-based infrastructure that can be managed through policy-based systems that aren't designed by a hardware vendor whose primary goal is probably to sell me more hardware. Sure, Cisco and every other switch and router vendor should be part of the process of provisioning resources in a virtual world -- but running the show? Absolutely not Cisco.
Well, as it turns out, Marcoux may... just may agree. In a story from our sister publication, CRN, you get a much more nuanced view. Reading that story, it sounds like Cisco wants to play the role it should be playing -- to provide information on the power consumption and other performance characteristics of its gear. Cisco wants to play a role and help define standards.
So what's the truth? That's a good question. Certainly Cisco's Data Center 3.0 vision would support the itworld.com view. So does its usual practice of developing proprietary standards, then making them public just when it can only result in an even less even playing field for Cisco. On the other hand, the notion of Cisco providing the software that manages applications when it's never been a good provider of even network management software, let alone systems management software, seems too arrogant even for Cisco.
So now I'm on a quest to learn the truth. When we all get back to business on the 2nd, I'll be on the phone to Cisco to get some time with Marcoux. Stay tuned!