January 5, 2009
Should Cisco Stay Out of the Living Room?
The VAR Guy
The VAR Guy offers his thoughts on Cisco’s decision to launch consumer electronic products for the home during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
“Consumers – rather than corporations – increasingly drive the future of IT. And a growing list of ‘corporate’ IT solutions (such as TelePresence) leverage PC economics, which means their prices fall by half every 12 to 18 months.Cisco can either embrace consumer IT, or get destroyed by it. Will Cisco’s consumer strategy succeed? It’s far too early to say. But ignoring consumers – the folks who are driving the future of IT – would be foolish.”
“New MacMini’s will be announced. This is another rumour you can probably bet on coming true. Despite numerous reports suggesting that Apple was killing the MacMini, Apple is poised to announce significant enhancements to the oft-neglected device. In addition to the standard spec upgrades, expect to see new MacMini’s featuring a new Mini DisplayPort, and the ability to hold more RAM.”
“Described by ‘a trusted source’ (Palm PR flack, perhaps?), the new phone is an iPhone with a keyboard, a portrait-format touchscreen device with a slide-out QWERTY. Running the whole show is the hot new Nova OS, which is being described as ‘amazing.’”