Kurt Bales has a customer who wants to buy a new Data Centre Network and the three main networking vendors (Juniper, Cisco & Brocade) have pitched at him and the customer. Kurt then contacted the Pushers and said “This would make a great podcast to talk about how it looks, works and the reality of […]
One of the amusing aspects of being self-employed is watching all the giants battle it out. Every company is gunning for someone, but the amazing thing is that they rarely have each other in their sights: NetApp is gunning for EMC who’s more focused on HP who wants to knock off Oracle who’s fixated on IBM. It sounds very “high school romance” but this is deadly-serious business.
Liz Burns, Global Manager for Juniper Networks certifications and Kieran Milne, one of the technical leads with the Juniper certifications team join Ethan Banks for a discussion of the upcoming changes in the Juniper certification world. Thereâ€™s a LOT of great information Liz and Kieran share, so be prepared to listen through this a time or two if youâ€™re keen on Juniper certs.
Oracle has its sights set very high. Although the company is best-known for its namesake database software, a steady string of acquisitions has transformed the company (and its colorful leader, Larry Ellison) into an industry powerhouse. Much speculation revolves around Oracle’s next move, and a surprising meme is developing, suggesting that the company is looking at making another massive purchase. Could HP or NetApp follow Sun into the hands of Oracle?
After a busy week of forcing packets to do our nefarious bidding, we found ourselves up against a recording deadline while being less prepared than usual. To save us from ourselves, at the very last minute we invited Josh Oâ€™Brien and Jennifer Huber to pull up a mic and add their weighty thoughts to the networking issues of the day. Adding to the impromptu nature of this show, we did our first live solicitation of questions from the audience using the Twitterverse, getting instant feedback. All hail the Intertubes!
Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP’s bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It’s open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is afoot!
After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. The corporate IT market is much more dynamic and competitive, with a few very large “superpower” companies discovering their power to drive purchasing decisions. If a supplier can create an integrated “stack” of hardware and software, they can push product purchases that might otherwise be overlooked or postponed. This is the main reason that enterprise IT acquisitions work so well: Where a small company must fight to sell their product, a large one can hitch it to a much more strategic sale and have it pulled along.