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Articles by Andrew Hammack

  • Pentaho, Who…And What Do They Have To Do With Cisco?

    by Andrew Hammack | January 23, 2013

    Recently, an article was released about a couple of companies doing big things with big data analytics.  Pentaho Corporation and Cisco announced that they have partnered to “deliver a high-performance big data solution on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS™) hardware platform.  Okay, so we know what Cisco brings to the partnership, and if...

  • Cisco has a “Blank Check” for Network Security Strategy

    by Andrew Hammack | January 15, 2013

                    Nicola Leske and Nadia Damouni, from Reuters, wrote about Cisco’s woes when it comes to network security.  There article starts by saying that Cisco failed to land an acquisition deal last year in the security arena and that they have steadily been losing market share.  This is not a surprise, because Cisco’s Systems Chief Executive...

  • Why the OEMs Hate 3rd Party Maintenance Support?

    by Andrew Hammack | December 27, 2012

    Have you ever noticed how much your OEM maintenance provider hates 3rd party maintenance providers?  Have you ever asked yourself why?  My suspicion is because they know that if everybody knew what they know then they wouldn’t have any customers.  OEMs charge significantly more for the same support that you can get from a dependable...

  • Why Buy Pre-owned Cisco Equipment? The Real Question is Why Buy New Cisco Equipment?

    by Andrew Hammack | October 17, 2012

    Recently, I went through the process of buying a car, and I was confronted with a choice. Should I buy a new car or should I buy a pre-owned car?  I like many, would definitely prefer (in a perfect world) to buy new, but I explored both options, and realized buying a pre-owned car would...

  • Analysts Like Cisco After Earnings Report Is Better-Than-Expected

    by Andrew Hammack | August 28, 2012

    Now I’m not a big Stocks guy, but even I was excited by the stories released about Cisco and the better-than-expected earnings reports that were recently released.  On August 15th, 2012, Cisco released an earnings report for their 4th quarter that was better-than anyone was expecting.  You might remember that, just a month prior, Cisco...

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