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mendyk
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mendyk,
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6/25/2014 | 3:54:26 PM
Re: 70 percent -- big deal
Cisco's claim is that 85 percent of its engineers are now in the software realm.
pacman1965
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pacman1965,
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6/25/2014 | 3:38:48 PM
Re: 70 percent -- big deal
I believe Cisco has claimed to have 25000 software development engineers. I think they have 70000 employees
Dredgie
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Dredgie,
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3/14/2014 | 2:12:41 PM
Re: The jury is still out on white boxes in telco dc
>> White boxes can provide needed packet forwarding at PoPs. Indeed they might be the only way to cost-effectively deliver east/west services. Apparently they are not for Windstream, but other carriers are actively investigating them, right now. Ref. http://www.sdncentral.com/education/intelligent-aggregation-increasing-control-isp-edge/2014/03/ 
mendyk
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mendyk,
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3/13/2014 | 6:21:52 PM
Re: The jury is still out on white boxes in telco dc
I'm surprised Chairman Ray didn't make reading his Bridging the Chasm (between network and IT) manifesto a job requirement.
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dwx,
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3/13/2014 | 6:19:21 PM
Re: The jury is still out on white boxes in telco dc
I think the common thoughts are you can scale out instead of scaling up, and the software will manage the scale portion of it.   That's what has happened in lots of other arenas.  One issue I've seen recently is around things like symmetric flows through a piece of equipment doing some kind of traffic management.  The white box scale out approach requires ECMP and we are starting to see symmetric hashing be commonplace but not in all areas.  

The other place there are issues is at the very top of the network when the traffic isn't necessarily east/west.  Today people want to use 100G and white boxes are sitting at 40G.  Scaling out at some of those points in the network where things aren't really distributed is kind of difficult and chances are you aren't saving much in space/power by using 4 white boxes rather than 1 larger chassis.    
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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3/13/2014 | 6:11:13 PM
Re: The jury is still out on white boxes in telco dc
I'm still not entirely clear on what the "IT-ization" of service providers means, even after sitting through a panel on the subject. It seems to invovle telecoms becoming more agile. 
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3/13/2014 | 4:45:36 PM
pandora box
be carefull what you ask for. it might ruin the industry while nobody is benefited.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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3/13/2014 | 1:23:37 PM
Re: 70 percent -- big deal
As neither company is a nonprofit, we can assume they are working on initiatives that benefit their employers.
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DOShea,
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3/13/2014 | 1:22:15 PM
Re: 70 percent -- big deal
Interesting percentages, but in the age of open networking it begs another question--what percentage their time is being spent on open source software work?
mendyk
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mendyk,
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3/13/2014 | 11:03:20 AM
70 percent -- big deal
Ciena's boast that 70 percent of its engineers are software engineers sounds impressive, but Cisco is claiming an 85 percent figure for its software engineers. Who will be the first to hit the magic 110 percent mark?
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