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Posted by Robert Whiteley III on December 20, 2007
As mentioned in my last post, I was recently at Cisco’s C-Scape. One reporter asked me to comment on my thoughts regarding a specific announcement (if you can call it that): Cisco will begin go to open up IOS. So you’ve probably got the same question I had: ‘What does “open” mean?’ As best I can tell, it means providing some standards-based APIs so that IOS can be controlled by third-party applications and infrastructure. Seems interesting, but I feel there’s more to it than that.
My initial thoughts are:
Of course, opening up IOS delves into a million challenges, which I will conveniently skip over. I’ll save that for deeper analysis in a future Forrester report. But as always, I’d love to get thoughts and opinions. It’s an interesting time for Cisco (and yes, this will be my last Cisco-specific blog post for the year), but I’d like to hear what others think.
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