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I doubt that the people who were (or are) involved in decision making wrt HFR are reading these posts (maybe they are, but are understandably quiet).
So, that leaves us with people who were either somehow involved in this project in the past, or who heard about it through rumours or grapevine.
As this project has been going on for at least 6 years now, it is understandable that the speculations abound - this is probably the longest going stealth project in Cisco history. Wham little I know about the Cisco, this is extremely unnatural for their culture and way of management->that, to a degree, explains why there were so many false starts and layoffs (project in Cisco lasts about a year or so normally)
Are they going to survive it, I don't know.
Marketing and sales teams will sell (or at least try to) anything, but do customers really need something like this now (years after the "internet is doubling every xxx days" hype)?
This message board is also a way for marketing types to feel the pulse and glean info on some issues without sacrificing their credibility or giving away any clues about the future product.
Let's make them happy ;)