Someone at Vyatta had plenty of time on their hands. Vyatta has created an area on its Web site devoted to allowing former Cisco customers to write "Dear John" letters. "Are you ready to dump your proprietary Cisco gear?" Vyatta asks. "Write your Dear John letter and tell Cisco why you're leaving them. Whatever your reason....inflated pricing...tech support issues...expensive upgrades...not enough cuddling - submit your Dear John letter and let them know that you've had enough."
The most popular among the 50-plus Dear John (Chambers) letters already posted starts: "I'm not afraid of getting hurt, but I can't respect myself for staying around to be your quarterly relief valve. It's taken so long for me to finally admit it to myself... I keep thinking we share the same goals, but every time I turn around you abuse my budget. And it hurts, John." The supposed former Cisco customer with the pen name of Facing Forward laments about the upgrades that were forced upon them, and that John failed to service them well. And guess which replacement came to the rescue?
One candidate to author a Dear John letter is Thomas Technologies, a Cisco Premier Partner that recently dropped Cisco in favor of selling Fonality IP telephony gear to SMBs.
Vote for your favorite letter at Vyatta's site.
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