John Chambers talks tough on data centers …

Cisco has landed many deals worth $20 million or more. This makes a lot of sense. The real value of UCS is in the ease of management, and ease of management is crucial when you have large number of servers.

"Cisco may not have the necessary breadth to be a true soup-to-nuts player. IBM and HP, for example, sell their own storage gear. "  I tend to agree. I have not heard much about their consulting partners and the offerings that they are creating.

I see a very big market for Remote Desktops in middle income countries.  There is concern over license compliance in these countries, and using unlicensed software may be rampant- but users are not necessarily satisfied with the experience. If Desktop software with a per CPU license, were to be used,  economics of Remote Desktop can be extremely compelling. 

Microsoft, unfortunately, has a per client device policy. This means every netbook or client device that uses the software on the server must be licensed. This reduces the value of having server side computing.







Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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10 million transactions per day for $20

Amazon EC2 has discovered the power of main memory databases- It wants to offer to 10 million transactions per day for under $20 using Times10 main memory database. My question: Why do I need to run it on Amazon to get such a low price? Over 3 years, $20 per day adds up to $20,000. A fractional share of a Times10 in-memory database on a new Dell or Cisco UCS server can deliver similar performance- with more control over the environment, live-live disaster recovery, persistence to a permanent Oracle store etc..

I can see this as useful as a temporary solution, but on an ongoing basis it is going to cost a lot more.

Published in: on October 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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