Exaflood Does Not Make Sense
Another nice weekend on the east coast of the US and there is so much to think about that happened over the past week. CSCO spent five billon of their off shore pile of cash on a video company. ADTN announced a terrible quarter to start the year. These two events are part of the conundrum of the past 10-11 years that when I hear people telling me how the internet is going to break, the upcoming exaflood and video is a huge problem it makes little sense to me. At first I was going to write a big post with all sorts of charts, but the weather is too nice and I am not going to bother with the details. It might be better to just state my opinion and if you feel differently go ahead and put money to work. Just remember:
Innovative, Alternative Technology Solutions = Velocity
Developed Technology = Spent Capital, Doctrine, Incrementalism and Creativity Fail
- Since 2001 mobile phone and now smartphone growth has been great. We have more smartphones and now tablets that sales exceed a billion devices a year. 2G went to 3G and now 4G…all of it means more devices using more capacity.
- Many of the local loop upgrades are done in the US. DOCSIS 3.0, FTTx, xDSL…yes, we have solved the local loop bottleneck. It took ten years, but we are on our way to universal broadband.
- OTT video is everywhere and soon we will have 15 or more NFLX copy cats and that is because content, especially video is a DIY content solution
- File sharing, Dropbox, Box.net, Megaupload, S3…yes we have storage in the cloud
- State aware apps like Gmail are the norm
All of these drivers of bandwidth are ongoing in the ecosystem and yet service provider CAPEX is lumpy! CSCO has to buy a software based STB/codec company and ADTN who is in the heart of the local loop upgrade market has a huge miss because service providers CAPEX is lumpy, spotty, insert word of your choice. Go look at any 10-year weekly chart of a service provider communication equipment company and you will see that the trend is down. If the traffic trend is up, why is the equity value chart trend down? Enough said on my part on the subject.
The NYT reported that CSCO was supporting a spin-in startup called Insieme. I have a lot of thoughts on this subject, but I am going to take a few days to collect and organize my thoughts on the subject. It will be the topic of my next post. I posted some additional thoughts over on the Plexxi blog as to what I am seeing in the DC market.
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Some food for thought on the Cisco spin-in / Insieme front
IMO the biggest impact MPL have left @ Cisco are:
1) Building the two greatest switches in Ethernet history Cat5K and Cat6K
2) Driving most of the early Ethernet and SAN innovations
3) Unfinished business with SAN switching Brocade still rules that market
4) Commoditizing the 10GbE market much quicker than any other major speed transition in Ethernet history with the N5K/N2K solution (which is a technological step back to 1999 but that is another rant) instead of modular N7K
5) Traded high margin switching/routing business for low margin (in many cases money losing) server sales and upsetting both IBM and HP souring relationships that at one time netted in excess of $2B in sales
While I have the utmost respect for MPL as well as everyone involved in all of those projects why not let the mainstream Cisco employee innovate or is innovation really dead @ Cisco?
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