Like death and taxes, the commoditisation of products, over time, is a given in our industry. You only have to look to the impact that Intel has had on the server and storage market, as a prime example. Unfortunately for us (uh hem) as resellers, we will feel the pain right alongside vendors when products become commoditised. We can see network switches following the server model of becoming low margin, and therefore dependent on high volume turnover, i.e. commoditised.
In terms of the datacentre switching market, vendors proclaim their technologies as being best of breed, providing enterprise organisations with advantages in scalability, performance, availability and ease of management, which in turn reduces OPEX. However, wading through the differences among vendor offerings can be a challenge, and many enterprises are left pondering the question of whether the humble network switch has become a commodity item?