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I fully expect a decoder from Boomtown’s Kara Swisher soon and I will spare you my opinion for now. Here are the facts on Yahoo 4th quarter and full 2008 results.
Update: Kara Swisher has the decoder on for this – Her take is “Yes We Can...”..Apparently Carol is doing a fine job.
Here is the new CEO Carol Bartz in a written statement… “Despite the challenging economic environment, Yahoo! delivered adjusted operating cash flow above the midpoint of guidance for the fourth quarter,” said Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz. “The company also made important investments while aggressively managing costs, leaving us better positioned to weather the economic downturn and emerge stronger when advertiser spending improves. We have work to do, but I am excited by Yahoo!’s opportunities, and encouraged by the tremendous innovation and momentum I’ve seen since joining the company as CEO.”
Fourth Quarter 2008 Financial Results
- Revenues were $1,806 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a 1 percent decrease compared to $1,832 million for the same period of 2007.
- Marketing services revenues were $1,594 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to $1,590 million for the same period of 2007.
- Marketing services revenues from Owned and Operated sites were $1,063 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a 3 percent increase compared to $1,035 million for the same period of 2007.
- Marketing services revenues from Affiliate sites were $531 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a 4 percent decrease compared to $555 million for the same period of 2007.
- Fees revenues were $212 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a 12 percent decrease compared to $242 million for the same period of 2007.
- Revenues excluding traffic acquisition costs (“TAC”) were $1,375 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a 2 percent decrease compared to $1,403 million for the same period of 2007.
- Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $278 million compared to operating income of $191 million for the same period of 2007.
- Operating loss before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $60 million compared to operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense of $527 million for the same period of 2007.
- Adjusted operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $542 million, excluding restructuring charges of $108 million for severance, facilities, and other restructuring costs; a goodwill impairment charge of $488 million related to our international segment; and incremental costs of $7 million incurred for outside advisors related to Microsoft’s proposals to acquire all or a part of the Company, other strategic alternatives, including the Google agreement, the proxy contest, and related litigation defense (collectively, the “strategic alternatives and related matters”).
- Cash flow from operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $321 million, a 48 percent decrease compared to $622 million for the same period of 2007.
- Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $219 million, a 34 percent decrease compared to $330 million for the same period of 2007.
- Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $303 million or $0.22 per diluted share compared to net income of $206 million or $0.15 per diluted share for the same period of 2007.
- Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $238 million or $0.17 per diluted share compared to non-GAAP net income of $184 million or $0.13 per diluted share for the same period of 2007.
Fourth Quarter 2008 Segment Financial Results
- United States segment revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $1,338 million, a 2 percent increase compared to $1,313 million for the same period of 2007.
- International segment revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $468 million, a 10 percent decrease compared to $519 million for the same period of 2007.
- United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $308 million, a 21 percent decrease compared to $391 million for the same period of 2007.
- United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 includes restructuring charges of $83 million and incremental costs for advisors of $7 million related to the strategic alternatives and related matters noted above.
- International segment operating loss before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $368 million compared to International segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense of $136 million for the same period of 2007.
- International segment operating loss before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 includes restructuring charges of $25 million and the goodwill impairment charge of $488 million.
“We are encouraged by our results for 2008,” said Yahoo! Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. “Yahoo!’s aggressive cost management and strong balance sheet helped us navigate this unprecedented economic environment. The cost reduction initiatives and investments we made in 2008 have positioned us well for challenging conditions.”
Full Year 2008 Financial Results
- Revenues were $7,209 million for 2008, a 3 percent increase compared to $6,969 million for 2007.
- Marketing services revenues were $6,316 million for 2008, a 4 percent increase compared to $6,088 million for 2007.
- Marketing services revenues from Owned and Operated sites were $4,046 million for 2008, a 10 percent increase compared to $3,670 million for 2007.
- Marketing services revenues from Affiliate sites were $2,270 million for 2008, a 6 percent decrease compared to $2,418 million for 2007.
- Fees revenues were $892 million for 2008, a 1 percent increase compared to $881 million for 2007.
- Revenues excluding TAC were $5,399 million for 2008, a 6 percent increase compared to $5,113 million for 2007.
- Operating income for 2008 was $13 million compared to $695 million for 2007.
- Operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 was $1,211 million, a 37 percent decrease compared to $1,927 million for 2007.
- Adjusted operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 was $1,915 million, excluding restructuring charges of $137 million for severance, facilities, and other restructuring costs; the goodwill impairment charge of $488 million related to our international segment; and incremental costs for advisors of $79 million related to the strategic alternatives and related matters noted above.
- Cash flow from operating activities for 2008 was $1,880 million, a 2 percent decrease compared to $1,919 million for 2007.
- Free cash flow for 2008 was $1,312 million, a 2 percent decrease compared to $1,337 million for 2007.
- Net income for 2008 was $424 million or $0.29 per diluted share compared to $660 million or $0.47 per diluted share for 2007.
- Non-GAAP net income for 2008 was $642 million or $0.46 per diluted share compared to non-GAAP net income of $652 million or $0.46 per diluted share for 2007.
Full Year 2008 Segment Financial Results
- United States segment revenues for 2008 were $5,190 million, a 10 percent increase compared to $4,727 million for 2007.
- International segment revenues for 2008 were $2,019 million, a 10 percent decrease compared to $2,242 million for 2007.
- United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 was $1,213 million, a 15 percent decrease compared to $1,434 million for 2007.
- United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 includes restructuring charges of $107 million and incremental costs for advisors of $79 million related to the strategic alternatives and related matters noted above.
- International segment operating loss before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 was $2 million compared to International segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense of $493 million for 2007.
- International segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for 2008 includes restructuring charges of $30 million and the goodwill impairment charge of $488 million.
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I am launching a new blog next month and I really wanted to get a pulse from the twittersphere on what pisses them off about blogs. I put out a tweet today about what pisses people off about blogs – the responses poured in so I thought I’d keep the list here.
I will use the comments to document the things that piss you off about blogs: could be anything – My goal is to incorporate this feedback into my own blog. Extra points for funny useful comments.
Go comment away – What features of blogs do you hate?
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: entrepreneurship, Silcion Valley, startups
Comparing Silicon Valley to Detroit is ridiculous, but Dan Lyons does bring up a big issue worth discussing – innovation problem. Silicon Valley is not setup for long term research in a way that made it what it is today. We are seeing institutional research vaporize in front of our eyes. Checking around it’s apparent that there is very little core and applied research going on. If there is research it is controlled by short term horizons like business profits and venture capital horizons. I’ve said before that we need a new approach.
I posted about this before about a new venture development paradigm that will emerge soon – one based upon open principles and collaboration.
Here is a snip of my post from last year – Silicon Valley – The Rebooting Meritocracy
Silicon Valley is a special place for entrepreneurship, and it continues to be. The issue is not that there is a wrench in the machine, but that the machine is broken. It’s rebooting.
One thing I love about Silicon Valley is that there are no handouts. It’s the ultimate entrepreneurial meritocracy. Change happens and it happens both from the bottom up (entrepreneurs) and the top down (capital market). The question is which force is driving the change.
Redistribution of wealth is upon us. The entrepreneurs and investors that move on this current market opportunity will capture the proverbial “chips on the table”. As an entrepreneur, I love this market. Opportunities are everywhere. Unlike the dot com bust, this tech (entrepreneurial) market never really crashed. Everywhere I look I see discounts and new opportunities. Smart money will move around, but in select places. Is the market scary? If you’re an incumbent it sure is scary.
Silicon Valley Web 2.0 is hurting, but not for the obvious reasons. A bigger force is at play here – massive redistribution of wealth is taking place. Some are scared, and some are welcoming the opportunity of possibly acquiring the wealth “on the table”. I think that Facebook and Twitter are great examples of what might be possible. Facebook will become the next Google. The only thing holding them up is that the ‘new revenue’ model that is soon to arrive at the “station”. When that “train” arrives (and it will) Facebook will say Goodbye to all the naysayers.
Research & Development Void?
The bigger picture is more long term and that’s all about research and development. Judy Estrin recently came out to talk about something really important – the innovation gap. Let me translate her thesis – we are screwed if we don’t have steady research unencumbered by short term agendas. Think how important institutions like Stanford, MIT, and SRI have been to Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship. Without these deep research institutions we would not have many innovations that created wealth – hello Ethernet; hello Apple; hello Cisco; hello Google, ..etc.
The lack of institutional research leaves a void in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. John Markoff postulates in his book “What the Dormouse Said” that the culture and research of the 60s drove the PC revolution. The question now is what revolution are we developing and where is the research? Will we miss the next important energy, medical, or tech breakthrough? Where is our modern day moonshot mandate?
Even top HP executives agree with me. At HP, the concern reaches the very highest levels of the company. Shane Robison, HP’s chief strategy and technology officer, says he’d like to see the following: a permanent research-and-development tax credit, which would encourage tech companies to do more basic science research, which in turn would benefit everyone, not just the company that conducts the research; more government funding for basic science research; more spending on education; and changes in immigration laws to help foreign-born students who study in the United States to stay in this country afterward. “The technology industry is one of the crown jewels of our country,” Robison says. “It’s the one industry where we stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world. We need to protect that.”
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Boomtown, Carol Bartz, yahoo
Boomtown has a post speculating that Carol is taking the :bull by the horns” and charging hard to make changes. First up an earnings call that will surely be a bad report.
In the NFL they talk about franchise players. In business and startups they talk about the management team. Here Yahoo has one clear short term goal – GET A TEAM. More importantly get some ‘franchise players’.
There are more than a few great and wacky ideas that Yahoo could do, but if were advising Carol I’d say focus on the management team first. Overhaul that team. Waive all the people not performing, get a great staff, trade for players who want to play for you, and sign some fresh new talent.
Remember Yahoo still has a great revenue stream and a massive user base. Get the management and players then make the big moves.
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Cisco, Datacenter, Doug Gourlay, Infrastructure 2.0
I had a chance to meet with Doug Gourlay, Senior Director of Cisco’s Datacenter Business Unit, to ask him about what he thinks of Infrastructure 2.0.
Very interesting response. I have a few more segments: Modernization of the Data Center and What Cisco thinks of the phrase “Moving up the stack”.
Enjoy the video (less than 2 mins).
To view the entire Cisco event in video you can go here – Click here for the Cisco Infrastructure 2.0 event.
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Anton Wahlman, Economics, Gas Crisis
By Anton Wahlman
American memories are apparently becoming shorter and shorter. Various
misguided references to the alleged causes and cures of The Great
Depression aside, people don’t remember that we once upon a time, less
than 100 years ago, didn’t have a Federal Income Tax, that drugs were
legal (and then alcohol prohibited), and that inflation and interest
rates were double-digits less than 30 full years ago.
Among the most recent things to be completely forgotten are the high
gas prices, peaking in July 2008 with nationwide averages over $4 per
gallon and people in California paying $5 on occasion. Politicians and
pundits blamed this on “speculators” and called for the government to
“do something.” Toyota (TM) Priuses were selling at MSRP or higher.
Less than six months thereafter, gas prices had fallen by over 50%,
and Toyota Priuses now come with $750 rebates to make them move. Never
before did gasoline prices fall so far, so fast. Not even close.
What was the government program that fixed this economic problem? The
answer is none at all. The government didn’t lift a finger to solve
this problem. It let the market do its magic, curing the issue with
its own natural self-healing mechanism first described in Adam Smith’s
The Wealth of Nations . Sure, there was a lot of huffing and
puffing about what people suggested the government should do, but in
the end the government did nothing. The problem just went away. No
government intervention solved the problem.
Think about it: The one recent problem which the government left to
the free market to solve, got solved in record-short time. Contrast
this to the ever-ballooning demands for the government to “do
something” about the financial and economic crisis. The demands from
almost all ends of the political spectra suggest that we drop all
economic common sense and instead spend money we don’t have.
Think about it again: We got into this mess by borrowing too much,
spending too much, and making too many loans. What’s being proposed?
Let’s spend even more, borrow much more, and make even more loans.
It’s like an alcoholic trying to cure a whiskey bottle’s hangover by
drinking a whole case worth of whiskey the next morning. If there ever
were a more self-evident disaster outcome guaranteed, I can’t think of
The free market cured the high gas problem in less than six months
without the government lifting a finger or spending a dollar.
Likewise, the free market would cure the imprudent debt bubble by
allowing it to be pierced, seeing prices falling, wages falling and
allowing bankruptcies and foreclosures to clean up the imprudent
investments into orderly liquidation. Adjusting wages to demand, would
guarantee full employment as with any other market price.
In a free market, the current recession would probably be cured within
a year or two, and it would allow the government to cut expenses
instead of increasing them. Only by dramatically cutting the size of
our government, so that we can eliminate the deficit and start paying
back the debt, can we restore sanity to our financial and monetary
equation, which includes saving the value of the dollar.
As it stands, we are on a path that will put us in Germany’s World War
I surrender rail car and its 1918-20 aftermath. We will be left with a
debt burden so great that the only way out will be massive inflation,
as we essentially default on government bonds. Germany was left with a
huge war debt after World War I, but because the debt was not
denominated in British Pounds or French Francs, Germany simply
inflated itself out of its obligations, causing dramatic
mis-allocation of resources, societal chaos, the rise of Hitler and
the bloodiest war (World War II) in its wake.
In our case today, the debt-explosion path that we will apparently be
pursuing, will most likely also mean a massive inflation when we
eventually print the money to pay off the bond buyers (read: The
Chinese). China has one of the soundest economies in the world today,
with low or nonexistent public and private debt, and high growth, but
it has invested its surpluses largely in U.S. government bonds.
Whoops! All that the Chinese worked for during the last decade, will
go up in smoke. And in the wake of the Chinese losing their savings
invested in U.S. government debt – another war? We are clearly playing
with fire, taking on all this debt to finance unprecedented levels of
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Cisco, Sun Microsystems
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This past October I posted about Cisco getting into servers and compute. I broke the news quietly but only a few handful of insiders got the message (GigaOm reported early in March 2008). Word has been circulating on the street for many months on this announcement and it will sure have an impact on Cisco’s partners. Now it’s been finally announced.
What is now being kicked around is Cisco’s move to buyout Sun Microsystems.
What do you think? Should Cisco buy Sun and really get into the server business?
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Inauguration Speech, Obama Inauguration, Obama Inauguration Speech Alternative
By Anton Wahlman
My fellow Americans, change has arrived in Washington. Not as much in
the area of foreign policy and homeland defense, because I realize
that my predecessor and distant cousin Dick Cheney had it right in the
hours and days following 9/11 when he set this great Republic on a war
footing to defeat the enemy and protect the homeland. Seeing as I
would rather not have another 9/11 – or worse – on my watch, the
change will come primarily in the area of economic policy, where my
predecessor presided over many failures and set a dangerous course for
this country, particularly in the last year.
My new administration promises a clean break with the failed policies
of the past. In the last eight years, government spending grew to new
heights, from $2 trillion per year to over $4 trillion this year.
This stratospheric rise in the growth of the US government’s burden on
the people is nothing less than a crime against our beloved
constitution and the intent of the Fathers of the 1776 Declaration of
Independence. In recent times, the US government has failed to impose
on itself any of the restraints that have made this country so special
for so long.
To the contrary, the US government is now engaged in a long list of
activities and spending not authorized by our most fundamental
governing document. Working with Congress, I will seek to restore the
US government to its constitutional limits in my first year in office.
What this means in practice is a rapid shut-down of all government
departments except the Departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland
Security. This means that all these other unconstitutional creations
of the 20th century, such as the Departments of Education, Energy,
Commerce, Health and Human Affairs, Interior will all cease operations
in this glorious year of 2009.
The Federal government’s budget deficit, which the first time exceeds
$1 trillion, will also be eliminated this year. Yet, I will also
abolish all of the destructive and unjust taxes that have mushroomed
over the last 95 years in particular: the income tax, the death tax,
the capital gains tax, the corporate tax and the dividend tax. These
tax cuts will once again make the US economy competitive with the
countries around the world where economic growth and liberty has
recently exceeded our own.
My first budget, which I intend to deliver to Congress already this
afternoon in the hope of a speedy approval, will authorize total
Federal expenses of less than $1 trillion over the next year, which is
an amount ten times greater than President John F. Kennedy’s 1961
budget. This will fund an efficient Federal judiciary, our military
defense, and the ongoing war against terrorism.
What the new budget will not do, because it is being returned to its
constitutional limitations, is to send checks – to anybody or
anything. If you or your company has an addiction to receiving money
from the government, this will be the year when you sober up. It will
not matter whether you are rich, poor or in-between – the time of
government spending money on you are now over. Every single
government program providing services or sending out checks, will come
to an end. You and your company will live in the freedom of keeping
what you earn and receive in voluntary help from your friends, family
and any charitable institutions, but the mirror image of this blessing
of freedom is that government will not support anybody or anything. I
am breaking the back on welfare state dependency and entitlement by
going cold turkey on all recipients, large and small.
This restoration of the constitutional legitimacy of the US government
will be funded by a simple flat tax on US adults: At $1 trillion in
total annual Federal expenses, a number which may end up even lower,
it represents a flat $5,000 tax on each of our 200 million US adults.
There will no longer be any need to file an income tax return, keeping
any receipts, paying a tax preparer, or equivalent. This flat $5,000
tax will be due in monthly installments of $417, equivalent of $13.70
I expect the impact on the economy from this simple flax tax to be
profound. People will be able to work as much as they want, and
invest in any way they want, knowing that every incremental dollar
they earn will be theirs to keep. All of the lost productivity
resulting from tax-avoidance and the administration associated with
corporate payrolls, will remain with us only in the form of an
unpleasant memory, similar to the memories of living behind the Iron
Curtain and Berlin Wall before 1989. Small business will be able to
form without any bureaucratic hassle. The entrepreneurial spirit will
be unshackled from all red tape, bureaucracy and tax disincentives.
My plan to cut over 75% of all Federal government expenses, and fund
the remainder with a flat $5,000 tax, will also help cure political
corruption in Washington DC. Lobbyists come to us because we have
money to spend, and they seek to maximize their share of the pie. My
cold turkey approach to restoring the US government to its
constitutionally legitimate size will make almost all lobbyists
obsolete: If the size of the pie is zero, there is nothing for which
you can lobby.
So in closing, I can say with confidence that the 75% or greater
reduction in size of the US government will bring about a rebirth of
the era of freedom, rugged individualism and self-reliance. It will
allow the US government to focus on its constitutionally narrow
purpose of securing the property rights of our individual citizens,
and to protect our country from those who seek to do us harm. This
focus will enable us to perform these duties better. With this, I
salute our constitution, our Founders and our Declaration of
Independence. Now let’s get on with it. Thank you, and God Bless
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: bill watkins, Ken Kannappan, Plantronics, seagate
What a sad week for Seagate. CEO Bill Watkins (whom I like and have interviewed many times) was ousted and now they are cutting almost 3,000 jobs. Folks we are seeing the beginning of the massive recession or depression. Ok we are knee deep in the financial depression. This is only going to get worse.
Seagate said in an 8-K filing with the SEC that the restructuring moves will result in pre-tax charges of about $90 million, with most of that to be taken in the December 2008 quarter. The company expects the stafff reductions to save $130 million a year.
The company also said it will cut the salaries of its senior staff, with a 25% cut for new CEO Stephen Luczo, “named executive officers” and executive vice presidents, a 20% cut for senior VPs, a 15% reduction for VPs and a 10% reduction for other management, sales, supervisors and professional employees. The savings cuts should save about $80 million annually.
In related cuts in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Plantronics is cutting almost 1,000 jobs. Ken Kannapan (a neighbor of mine) is trying to keep the company cash flow positive. Plantronics needs to move the “ball down the field” big time if they want to compete in Unified Communications.
Company officials said revenue and earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 will be lower than originally expected. They had projected net revenues of $205 million to $220 million but now are expecting revenues to be $184 million for the third quarter. Final third-quarter earnings will be announced Jan. 27.
The revised revenue estimate is mostly the result of lower-than-expected sales of Bluetooth headsets, but also reflects the impact of broad economic weakness across different product categories, officials said.
As a result of the workforce reduction and other restructuring, officials expect savings of approximately $7.7 million to $8.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Yearly savings are expected to be more than $50 million. The company also plans a 50 percent reduction in capital expenditures in fiscal 2010.
“As global economic weakness persists, our key objectives are to remain profitable and cash-flow positive, continue to invest in strategic initiatives such as unified communications, and to improve our profitability in our consumer businesses,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Kannappan. “We believe that our strong financial position combined with ongoing strategic investments will allow us to emerge from this downturn in a significantly stronger competitive position.”
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Channel Marketing, Enterprise, google, IT, microsoft
In an big move Google is taking the classic enterprise sales move – set up a channel. Indirect channel marketing is great leverage and if pulled off is very disruptive. I’ve spend many years in the channel business with Hewlett-Packard and the channel model is based upon a simple formula – get thousands of people selling your product everywhere. However, the key to success is money which Google has plenty of. If Google can incent channel partners with good products and great margin, they will put a dent in the Microsoft dominance.
Here is more detail. Web search leader Google Inc took another step on Wednesday toward direct competition with Microsoft Corp by recruiting IT resellers to market its Web-based applications to business clients.
From the end of March, authorized resellers will be able to sell, customize and support premium versions of Google Apps, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, calendars and email.
Google Apps is broadly similar to Microsoft‘s top-selling Office package except that Apps is completely Web-based and is part of Google‘s push into so called ‘cloud computing‘ or software-as-a-service. Microsoft said in October it is also looking at adding Web-based features for its Office applications.
Since it launched Google Apps in February 2007, Google has only sold directly to business users over the Web. Analysts said the move to work with third parties is necessary if Google hopes to compete seriously with Microsoft or IBM.
Microsoft, which is the world’s largest software company, sells more than 95 percent of its software through more than 440,000 third party resellers, according to Gartner Research, and intends to spend around $3 billion on managing those sales channels in 2009.
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Apple, Apple Computer, Steve Jobs
This email went out to Apple employees. Steve will take some time off to focus on his health. I would like to wish Steve a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, COO Tim Cook will take over day to day operations.
Here is Steve Job’s memo to employees:
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.
In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.
Update: For more information on Steve Jobs health that has been reported check out this playlist put together by DJ
Playlist of Steve Jobs Videos
Posted by John in Technology.
Tags: Cisco, Future of Networking, Infoblox DNS
Network World is reporting that Cisco has done deal with Infoblox for managing DNS at the edge. In enterprise speak this is about the branch office – in tech speak this is about intelligent addressing and control of the edge. Infoblox vNIOS™ software for Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) empowers branch offices by automating core network services, providing the performance benefits of local service delivery with unparalleled resiliency and centralized visibility while reducing branch network capital and operating expenses.
Here is Yankee group perspective worth noting on this Cisco Infoblox announcement…“Remember the ‘Trapper Keeper?’ That’s what Cisco’s routers are becoming for enterprise branch office: a single place to keep all critical network applications and services,” says Phil Hochmuth, senior analyst at Yankee Group. “This is being enabled largely by the AXP, which allows organizations to cram as many services — even ones beyond Cisco’s own scope, such as Infoblox IP address management — onto a single platform.” …hmmm DNS in core and edge routers.. hmmm policy at the edge… interesting.
There is a bigger picture here. DNS is the small little Internet feature that will be the focal point for the upcoming Internet war between Google and networking vendors including Cisco. Why? DNS is the Internet Oxygen. DNS made Google – no DNS – no URLs; no URLs – no Web; no Web and URLs -no search. Here we go again except instead of web pages and search, we have web services up for grabs – that includes enterprise and cloud services.
Having a technology that is automated and programmable (i.e. policy) will gives the winner the viable solution to deliver the next generation search and application paradigm from advertising to brokering transactions.
Over the past 8 years insiders at Cisco have been debating the future of Cisco. Many back in 2000 were arguing internally at Cisco that they have to “move up the stack”. Well they never did it. In fact Cisco has been spending a ton of time rewriting IOS and figuring out what to do. Meanwhile back in 2000 a little growing company named Google was scaling their DNS offering (aka URL search) to take over the online advertising market. Now it’s apparent that Google has a mission in the cloud and networking space – they have been moving down the stack – right into Ciscoland.
This middle ground (Cisco moving up and Google moving down the stack) will be where the battle of the titans will take place. This feature from Cisco is an indicator of what the battle will be for.
Update: I just found out that this has not been officially announced yet. I believe it will be discussed here at this event in San Jose this week.