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Poll: Would you purchase servers from Cisco?

One of the worst-kept secrets in the technology industry right now is that Cisco Systems is preparing to announce its entrance into the server market this spring. Could Cisco servers have a place in your data center? Take our poll.

One of the worst-kept secrets in the technology industry right now is that Cisco Systems is preparing to announce its entrance into the server market this spring, as discussed in Networks vs. Servers: The truce has ended, war is coming. Could Cisco servers have a place in your data center?  Take our poll.

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6 comments
lundp
lundp

HP earned our business by being somewhat humble and focusing on customer service on our ProCurve equipment. While others were buying cheap throw away Dell switches or promises from Cisco switches, our ProCurves continue to work. Value from experience; HP is a winner here.

Marty R. Milette
Marty R. Milette

..."User-Hostile". Perhaps useful as an 'appliance' -- but certainly not for any kind of 'general purpose' server which needs administrative actions. I'm sure the Linux command-line crowd would have fun playing with it though...

Too Old For IT
Too Old For IT

If they are OS-Neutral, I wouldn't hate it. If they are locked into some version of the hard to understand Cisco IOS, no way!

speculatrix
speculatrix

extremely expensive with a strange discounting scheme that only long-time experts could understand, you could only run the version of software that came with them unless you bought an expensive maintenance contract, you'd not be able run any application that required cryptography without a premium license, network adaptor add-ons would be very expensive, they'd be very power hungry and very noisy!

raiderh808
raiderh808

Finally something to make it easy for networkers to bridge the gaps into servers. Think of it.. going from configuring a router to a web server with one set of standard commands. I've always wanted show commands in linux =)

pgit
pgit

You can alias whatever Linux command to "show " and have the same effect. Any operational parameter can be displayed in Linux with the appropriate command. It'd be a bit of a pain, but you'd only have to do it once. Heck, put out a good Linux-to-IOS-like alias list under your name and you might end up famous. Appreciated at minimum.

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