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Will Cisco Be the Next to Fall to Open Source?

Sep 14, 2010, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

"Cisco has long dominated the networking world. It seems its supremacy is unassailable. Yet open source-based networking just might be its undoing - eventually.

"Open source software, after all, has conquered many arenas. Apache Web servers, Linux-based operating systems and the OpenOffice desktop suite are a few of the well-known areas where open source has carved out a large chunk of the marketplace.

"More recently, open source software has been making major inroads into business applications - the traditional domain of powerhouses like Oracle and SAP. It is also gaining ground in storage where a host of startups are beginning to offer open source software running on commodity hardware. That model is now creeping into the networking arena. The question is: Can it unseat Cisco?"

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