It is not just about "buy now, pay later" but, rather, the unrealistic cost of Cisco-branded products.
How much again for the cost to renew DNAC license? How much, $500k?
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Well, apparently the DNA Advantage Cloud license is over $256K for the 2G 5Y version, so yeah, crazy prices are possible.
Also, you pay a quarter of a million bucks and you only get 20G ? Twenty gigabits ? I can't be reading that right.
Seems to me that, for a quarter million, I can buy myself two super-pro NAS units (€11000 each) with 12 8TB SSDs for €1000 apiece, store each one in a datacenter a thousand kilometers apart and securely connect to them both via Internet.
All that for a total of €46000, plus connection costs. Leaves more than enough to pay for years of bandwidth.
Could somebody remind me why this cloud stuff is supposed to be so useful ?
I mean, for me.
Just heard through the analogue grapevine that a DNAC user was able to get a license renewal cost down to $40k.
They told Cisco that there were throwing out their DNAC appliance because they could not justify paying for the renewal fee. Cisco came back a few days later with the counter-offer of $40k.