Tuesday, October 21, 2003
James Seng on Stupid Networks
James Seng writes:
"Smart network or dumb network? Whats your view?" I asked Don Tapscott during lunch yesterday.*snip*
'Everything, both device & network, is getting smarter. Some devices will remain dumb however.' replied Don and immediately, I feel embrassed asking such a silly question. 'Isn't it so obvious!' I told myself. Or is it? No offense to Don...I mean he is a brilliant guy. I love his books and I enjoy his presentations. And if I have anyone I wish to be when I "grow up", it is probably him. But I think I am siding with David 'Stupid Network' Isenberg on this.
Lets take an analogy: If you tell an RF engineer, say 15 years ago, that you want to put a RF transmitter on every device, what would be his reaction? 'Huh? What would you want to do that?' . . ."
"I don't know why my cups and pots need to be 'smart', I know I don't want the network to also 'act smart' to tell my cups and pots what they can do and what they cannot. So bottomline, I prefer a dumb network. Scott Bradner would agree with me (as would thousand of other IETFer) . So anyone going to take a bet with me that CloudShield whose mission is to build 'smart' network is going to fly?"
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