said by cramer:
Gig speeds means much more expensive Cisco kit, or looking at non-Cisco stuff. Cisco is shooting themselves in the foot here, but they have so many cooks in so many kitchens they don't know where they are or need to be.
There are a lot of companies that feel comfortable only when they deal with Cisco equipment, either because Cisco is the only standard network gear of the company, the company consists of engineers and managers that only know "the Cisco way", or of Cisco brand marketing. In some ways, Cisco counts on these companies to keep buying Cisco and only Cisco though Cisco has been competing head-to-head with Juniper especially when Cisco lost contract to Juniper with one of the Cisco's giant customers