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After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute

After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cisco has joined the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-driven effort to develop open source servers and switches, 16 months after criticizing it. At that time, Cisco CEO John Chambers said OCP has “weaknesses” that Cisco can exploit.

Featured ResourceChambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs:"I think this will just be one more series of good challenges that Cisco will say ‘what’s the business objective on.’ There are a lot of weaknesses to the area -- we’re going to go back and solve customer problems. If you’re standalone anything, this is going to be a hard market to play in. Anything white label, where the decision is cost or opex, you’re going to lose."
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Open Compute : Sixteen months later Cisco looks to get "ahead of the game" according to Network World

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Why Cisco Just Spent $1.2 Billion on Meraki

Why Cisco Just Spent $1.2 Billion on Meraki | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Cisco bought a wifi startup called Meraki for $1.2 billion.

Here's the blog post everyone is passing around to explain how that happened.

It's from Doug Leone, who got his VC firm, Sequoia Capital, to invest in Meraki:

Quick: when was the last time you plugged in an Ethernet cable? If you have trouble answering that question, you’re one of the reasons why Cisco has agreed to acquire Meraki.
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Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco

Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On June 18th, Facebook introduced Wedge, making good on its promise from last year to push into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco.

Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), one of the most important tech projects Facebook has ever created. OCP began in 2012 as a radically new way to build and buy computer hardware. It creates free and "open source" designs where anyone can contribute to the designs and use them for free, ordering them from a contract manufacturer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Attention all European Tech Pundits : OCP is not a hobby, I repeat, OCP is not a hobby.

Sovereignty means control and control now primarily comes from mastering the full stack.

> Bad news : Europe and France are late on this.

> Good news : it took only 20 engineers and 2 years for Facebook to redesign its hardware infrastructure from the ground.

> Better news : the job is done and there are billion $ businesses to be build to cover European region as atoms do not move at zero marginal cost.

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