Any sign of supply chain returning to normal?

Mark Tinka mark at
Fri May 20 08:22:24 UTC 2022

On 5/19/22 18:15, Dave Taht wrote:

> So I kind of view recycling routers, with newer software, as a great
> way to clean up the present ecosystem. And if you  looked at the first
> url I pasted above, with 4x more throughput, and 10x less latency, on
> "obsolete", hw.

When I had my battle with Cisco over LDPv6 vs. SR(v6) in 2020, I told 
them that Covid has really changed the landscape, and people (read: 
their customers) no longer have money to spend like they did, for a 
multitude of reasons, not the top of which is a lack. of. money.

I said to them that they need to focus on helping customers answer their 
"why", and not continue with the old model of having sales meetings and 
assigning $$ values against customer names for the year, as if ants 
visit PoP's and chew routers down to smithereens as a matter of course.

People no longer have money to spend on things that don't add value. And 
while routers do add value, how vendors choose to make money from them 
beyond selling the hardware and providing decent support is what erodes 
that value, and customer trust.

Users will delete an app in 5 seconds if they launch it and it doesn't 
do what it claims in a way they perceive as value. Service providers 
will do the exact same thing to vendors that act like disappointing apps 
competing for space on your phone and space in your mind.


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