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This is worth reading through. This sort of thing has long been contentious in the analyst world and does merit further thought. Part of the challenge (and I am not asserting this is the case with respect to the Gartner thing) is that some vendors actively work on the ‘I am not telling you anything because I don’t trust you’ basis. While I understand the possible merits of this approach (at least I think I do. I still believe that the analyst community is an important part of the ecosystem), I find it a little hard to swallow when the same vendors often turn around and wonder why the analyst community is not paying them any attention, or why the analyst community is inaccurately representing them. Having a rock solid analyst relations program in place is a start to getting this stuff sorted out…

Hat-tip to sagecircle for pointing me to this….

Update: another link

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The CRTC has made its recommendations re: traffic shaping and the like. Essentially the big boys get to throttle ‘some types’ of traffic (both retail and wholesale) during peak times, provided they warn consumers 30 days in advance and wholesale customers 60 days in advance of what they are going to do. The CRTC was clear that they want this to be a last resort, with preference being given to economic solutions (i.e. more money equals no throttling?) Apparently Bell Canada already throttles traffic between the hours of 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. so I am not sure how this changes things in today’s market. At least the carriers are prevented from revealing any info regarding the type of traffic gleaned from monitoring customer activity, which is a bit of a net neutrality safeguard I suppose.Given the CRTC has opened the door to appeals, I suspect that we have not heard the end of this.

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Cisco making waves…

This time it is Starent for $2.9 billion. And there is still a lot of cash in the kitty. I suspect that we will see a lot more from them in the coming months.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/technology/companies/02cisco.html?_r=1&hpw

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