Cisco buying Netapp?
Rumor has it Cisco is buying Netapp. I have been wondering what Cisco would do regarding storage. They’ve had a couple tries at storage and most recently purchased a Springpath for a software defined storage play. I was sure they would buy Pure Storage but they’ve been hemorrhaging money and have no plans to be profitable for a couple years which is the opposite of how Cisco does things.
On the other hand
Netapp is a tried a true platform with a large installbase and trying to reinvent themselves. Recent leadership changes and the acquisition of all flash vendor Solidfire show that Netapp is not ready to throw in the towel.
Flexpods are here to stay
I used to look at all the converged partnerships out there and scratch my head about what happens when one company wants to pull out or change strategy. The Cisco Netapp merger will kill the fud from rivals as Flexpods will now be controlled by a single mother ship.
Changing of the guard
Cisco’s old boss, John Chambers, is stepping down from his post as executive chairman after 27 years.
But he’s not done yet
Chambers announced that he’s joining the board for a social media darling, Sprinklr. Sprinklr is a single pane of glass for social media tracking, analysis, and publishing. I’m wondering the same thing you are… why do they spell it that way? Maybe I should check out their Tumblr.