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Vblock done, Cisco to launch new unified collaboration attack

Cisco and its best friends forever EMC and VMware finally came clean about their Vblock plans on Tuesday.

Now watch for Cisco next week to shift gears–a tad–and unveil a slew of unified collaboration gear from phones to new unified communications servers–or is it now collaboration servers?  Big news on deck on that front for Nov. 9 when Cisco CEO John Chambers will talk up the products. They will probably also include additional new ISR G2 routers on the infrastructure front.

But back to vBlock: Don’t expect HP and IBM to lay down. In fact, you won’t have to wait long for them to up their  competitive responses to Cisco’s aggressive data center push. HP will talk up it’s “converged infrastructure” approach and will say–truthfully–that it, unlike Cisco or EMC–has all the pieces for a converged data center system. Servers? Check. Networking hardware? Check, check. Storage? Check check check.  It’s already down the road with some converged products and probably put pedal to the medal after Cisco’s first unveiled its Unified Computing Systems news last spring. 

Cisco is now opening up its UCS servers to channel partners which is bound to further incite HP .

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Rackspace answer to all these questions: Yes.
The logic in these questions are flawed. If you build an application to Linux or Windows, is it truly portable? Building your application to be portable is the key, building it to a platform is not. Will a platform be around in 5 years? Same logical problem. What technology is around in 5 years? Technology is constantly evolving and app builders who survive build to evolve. App builders who build to monolithic platforms die and kill their customers. The third question is biased. It takes resources to build something new, no matter what it is, and if you're wanting to build an application that is ahead of the curve or using the same tools everyone else is, you're going to spend resources to get ahead. Bad logic. Tsk tsk!!
This article seems to say a lot about nothing with poorly thought out arguments.
On the portability question. I do not see this as a "yes" or "no" answer. It is likely that any provider will state that an application is portable. Where one must dig deeper is in understanding the amount of work in porting the application to a different environment. For COTS applications, this usually should be an easier process as long as the data consumed by the application is easily extrapolated and minmal customization to the application has been made. For custom apps, I would expect a more complex port. -Tom Hall
seriously - Mr Linthicum!! U should get salesperson of the year/decade for VM and Ciitrix and stop talking about Open Source. He sings the COTS song very well. He gave every fear factor used on unsuspecting and unknowing businesses to convince to spend huge dollars to ease their concerns. Hardly worth the bits used to save this load of @%$#@.