Is Cisco getting back on track?

Cisco’s big-man-in-charge, John Chambers, sent out an email to all employees this week, which outlined a few important things:

-Cisco has lost focus
-Cisco was caught off guard by certain movements within the Networking community (openflow, new products from other vendors, etc)
-Cisco makes it difficult for new product to make it to market
-Cisco has to focus on the core business components, rather than continuing to diversify into low margin consumer markets
-Most importantly, Cisco shareholders, employees, and customers are not happy with the current direction that Cisco has taken

The message is a great read, and gives me hope that Cisco can get back on the ball, and address some of it’s core issues. Kudos to the Cisco team for taking a hard look at where they are, and making decisions to correct their wandering trajectory. Here’s hoping they follow through!

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/message-from-john-chambers-where-cisco-is-taking-the-network/

Microsoft meets the first snag in plan to purchase IPv4 addresses

As you should now be aware of, Microsoft is planning on hoarding purchasing a large huge block of IP addresses from Nortel. Now ARIN chief, John Curran, has made it clear that if the plan does not meet the current ARIN requirements for transfers, the IP address space can be reassigned. Here are a couple of relevant quotes:

Companies that are allocating their address to a third party can ask for compensation if they want to, he said. However, the acquiring party is required to show an immediate and appropriate need for the addresses, he said.

Existing transfer policies allow up to 12-months worth of address space to be transferred from one entity to another, he said.

So, that brings up the question, can Microsoft show a need for 666,000 in the next 12 months?

Link: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215091/IPv4_address_transfers_must_meet_policy_ARIN_chief_says

Microsoft sets the price of IPv4 space post IPocalypse.

The resellers market for IPv4 address space has just heated up. Microsoft has puchased 666,624 IPv4 addresses from the burned out shell of Nortel for the tidy sum of $7.5 million dollars. That works out to a little over $11 per IP address. That’s pretty expensive when you consider how much Nortel paid originally. This also make me worry about how quickly prices will inflate on the remaining address space that is floating around out there.

On another note, I guess Microsoft realized that since they had built poor, if any IPv6 support into their products for so many years, they better make certain they have enough v4 addresses.

via http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/25/microsoft-buys-666-624-ipv4-addresses-from-nortel-for-7-5-milli/