- Zeus Kerravala
We expect most of the company's vast installed base will likely opt to stay put with the incumbent for programmable networking rather than disrupt their investments. And whatever proprietary content is in the new Nexus 9000 and Application Centric Infrastructure product line will be accepted and deployed by an installed base already comfortable and familiar with Cisco-unique technology that they could implement well before any standards-based solutions were available.
So says industry analyst Zeus Kerravala, principal of ZK Research, in this post on Seeking Alpha. Kerravala's main point in the post is that most of the cost associated with IT is operational personnel,
so any capital cost savings introduced by commodity hardware and open source software will likely be offset by people needed
to integrate all of the piece parts together to build a system that automates the provisioning of server, networking, application,
storage and security IT resources.
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