As more and more electronics manufacturers merge, purchase and work to be everything to everybody, they are turning a deaf ear to end users that just aren’t buying it. Stock prices should be a glaring indicator. In order to buy into these models, one would need to do a rather wholesale replacement of equipment. The truth is, companies just don’t do that anymore! Right or wrong we try to stretch every dollar out of our investments, in particular when times are tough.
With the recent reorganization at HP, one company at least seems to be paying attention to the resounding NO being echoed around the globe. All customer facing departments within HP now report directly into the CEO, Leo Apotheker. Cisco has also had some issues while trying to end of life very popular switches and encourage customers to move to Nexus, and some of their divisions are in trouble.
It’s time everyone goes back to playing well with others in our data centers. Standards exist for a reason. How about using them to help the end user community instead of closing down systems and trying to limit our options.