Here's a great example of the power of Ecosystem Economics™.
Cnet News.com is reporting that Intel just cut the prices of some of its quad-core CPUs by 50%. Obviously, this doesn't translate into a 50% cut in system prices, but isn't it nice to know that you'll be getting more power tomorrow for a lower price?
Obviously, your Cisco system probably won't get any cheaper tomorrow, barring a random pricing action from Cisco. Bummer.
This posting isn't the follow-up article I promised you the other day when we were talking about the Grid of Openness™, but it was a timely highlight of an underlying point: open source + open hardware = Ecosystem Economics™. Ecosystem Economics™ immediately incorporates any pricing action into the whole market and everybody benefits.
Unless your networking vendor is sitting in the upper-right box in the Grid of Openness™, you'll never see benefits from things like this latest move from Intel. I'll try to expand on this point a bit more this week and we'll call it the follow up post I promised last time.