Tuesday, March 21, 2006

David vs Goliath

People love to read about David vs. Goliath - we have surely seen that over the past few weeks with our public launch. And, it's great to see folks rooting for the underdog and helping us out on many fronts.

Yet, we have to keep in mind that the point of Vyatta is not to directly take on the closed-source networking vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Nortel and others. Instead, we want to provide an alternative choice for the enterprise that is flexible, open, and community driven. We realize that we've not going to arrive on the scene and have open-source networking dominate over closed-source networking in a week, month or even a year. We're expecting a marathon, not a sprint. We're patient and have the conviction to see this through to the 26th mile....

Some have argued that the closed source networking vendors do a fine job on their products and that they serve their needs well. We absolutely agree. We would contend that Sun and Microsoft serve their corporate enterprise server customers well too - yet there is still a market for RedHat, SUSE, and others.

Thanks for all of the emails and comments - please keep them coming!


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