Cisco's MARS attack

Is Cisco about to make it big in the security management space? Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group blogging for Cnet.com seems to think so.

Oltsik's blogging about how Cisco MARS (Monitoring Analysis and Response System) is prevalent in the market whose competitors include EMC, IBM and Symantec. He attributes Cisco's success to:

* Its trick of giving away "the razors [MARS] to sell the blades [Cisco's core networking gear]."

* "No one can schmooze the enterprise networking crowd like Cisco."

* Cisco has the right connections among its customers.

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