The VAR Guy is shocked and impressed. During several meetings with Cisco over the past year, the company made little — if any — mention of open source. But the company is finally waking up to the open source community, or at least the software community.
During a chat with reporters that’s occurring right now in Dublin, Ireland, Cisco VP Edison Peres assured attendees that Cisco wanted to have an open approach to software partnerships, and mentioned the “open source” term without being prompted.
The VAR Guy isn’t suggesting that Cisco is ready to embrace Asterisk, SugarCRM and other open source applications in the unified communications market. Nor is Cisco going to “open source” the company’s IOS network operating system. But clearly the giant has finally opened its eyes to some of the key software partnerships that could empower Cisco solutions providers as they tie unified communications to back-end applications and Web 2.0 software.
He also noted there are 10 areas where Cisco partners with Microsoft, but one key area — unified communications — where Cisco competes with Microsoft. Peres indicated that Cisco will attempt to partner more deeply on joint channel programs with Microsoft, but didn’t speculate about how such programs may develop.