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Cisco Or Microsoft? Partners Place Bets On Collaboration Domination

”Should I buy Cisco, Microsoft or both?" That's the question many solution providers are asked by businesses seeking the ideal collaboration solution.

Rival market leaders Cisco and Microsoft have drastically different approaches to winning the collaboration arena as massive market consolidation [3] in the unified communications (UC) space is expected to continue [4]. As Cisco bought its fourth UC company in the last 18 months -- it purchased software specialist Worklife [5]-- channel partners are placing their bets on who will reign as leader.

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Partners 'Bewildered and Confused' By Broadcom's $5.9B Acquisition Of Brocade-Ruckus

Semiconductor maker Broadcom's $5.9 billion acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems including Ruckus Wireless has left solution provider partners of the highly-prized networking business dazed and confused.

Partners said Broadcom's decision to publicly announce plans to divest the Brocade and Ruckus IP networking business has opened the door for customers to hold off on purchases. They said the divestiture creates uncertainty that is sure to impact the channel.

”The way they handled this could stop sales dead in their tracks," said the CEO for a top Ruckus partner who did not want to be identified. "The issue becomes if you are hotel buying a mission-critical wireless solution, you just had the company say it doesn't know what they are going to do with the networking business. I am surprised. If this was Ruckus I am sure we would have gotten some information on this. I am not sure why, but they don't seem to be concerned about what the market is going to do with the lack of information on Ruckus and Brocade. If they cared about the asset, I would have thought they would have treated it with more respect.”

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New England Patriots Coach Slams Microsoft Tablets And Tech; Partners Say They Could Solve The Problem

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is giving up on Microsoft's Surface tablets, saying there's too many issues with the product as well as communication systems in general during game day.

”I just can't take it anymore," said Belichick in his team press conference on Tuesday. "[Surface tablets are] just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do, as well, because there just isn't enough consistency in the performance of the tablets.”

Belichick said other communications systems involved with the coaches in the press box and on the field also "fail on a regular basis." (And, from this video gem on Oct. 2, it appears they sometimes have help.)

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