10 thoughts on “Cisco vs. the World: Rough Seas Ahead?”

  1. They will be fine. It’s not like their rivals (IBM, HP, Dell) in the enterprise data center market can stand each other. The enterprise data center market is ripe for consolidation much like the enterprise application market. Also they are not going into this alone. Both Cisco and EMC have an awesome direct sales force which can more than hold their own.

    1. shows what you know, cisco is a partner only sales force. EMC’s core business…Storage and software around that storage is being commoditized….

      Cisco is getting a little big for their britches.

  2. Cisco are losing the plot! recent launch of 61 new products in collaboration? 30 “Adjacencies”, numerous “boards and councils”, over 400 Vice Presidents and someone at the helm that says its all about capturing market transitions early?!

    Cisco just appear desperate- confusing strategy and vision with no one at the helm and heap loads of cash to spend on companies that will not make a difference!

    This company needs to restructure- integrate (well over 50 different business units that don’t talk to one another!) and stick to core business.

    Why are people continuing to pay a premium when Cisco cannot demonstrate the value any more?

  3. First off – cisco has a direct sales force.
    HP, IBM, msft, Dell, et al have been trying to keep cisco down or enter their market since the early 90’s. This is nothing new.

  4. It seems that competition among Microsoft, HP & Cisco will be heating up as former partners scramble to find new solutions.

    Cisco’s acquisition of Tandberg (which should go through) will shake up the latter’s close relationship with Microsoft — because Microsoft is now dependent on Cisco-owned technology — a position Redmond can’t like. Meanwhile, Tandberg had a partnership with HP around Halo — which means HP needs a new partner.

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