[Beowulf] Intel buys QLogic InfiniBand business

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Mon Jan 23 16:33:48 EST 2012


On 01/23/2012 04:19 PM, Mark Hahn wrote:

> the world is a better place when each level has internal competition
> based on useful, open (free), multi-implementation standards.

Markets always go through these full on vertical integration phases (for 
a while) before the assets are sold off (either voluntarily or via 
bankruptcy court).  Its a natural part of the business cycle.

Cisco is building servers now.  Oracle, the whole stack.  Pretty soon, 
some whipper snapper of a company is going to come along and eat their 
lunches, and then they will get competitive pressure to change.

This said, many *many* large university sites like dealing with "a 
single vendor" (that is until they get eventually screwed over by that 
one vendor, or realize that the "great deal" they are getting really 
isn't as great as it sounded ... ).  Which is part of the reason its so 
hard getting into accounts other vendors have locked up.  Sadly, lots of 
this works around the spirit (and probably skating very close to the 
edge of the letter) of the law surrounding most public acquisition 
processes, but thats life I guess.

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