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Jun 7 2010   4:06PM GMT

Apple iRuins networking even more with iOS, but Cisco doesn’t flinch

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

It’s a dark day for networking professionals, particularly the Cisco fans in their ranks: Apple’s iOS 4 will make their lives harder in more ways than one, but Cisco itself doesn’t seem to care.

While millions of gadgeteers worldwide oohed and ahead at the iPhone and iPad’s latest features, including video calling and better ads, networking professionals groaned because finding information about their bread and better, Cisco’s ubiquitous router and switch operating system IOS, just got harder.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the iPhone and iPad are both notorious for causing trouble on campus networks, now Cisco fans face sifting through Apple-related information when trying to troubleshoot their hardware or just keep up on the latest news.

At first, many (including myself) though this might be a swipe by Apple at Cisco after the latter tried enforcing its iPhone trademark when Apple first launched their mobile device line. This time, however, Cisco did it all legal like, licensing rights to the term “iOS” from Cisco.

Looks like Cisco fans better brush up on their advanced search queries if they want to stay ahead of the Apple fanboys and girls.

Michael Morisy is the editorial director for ITKnowledgeExchange. He can be followed on Twitter or you can reach him at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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