I write this piece contemporary on the heels of Day 1 of 2020’s Mobility Field Day 5. Mist (Now a Juniper firm) talked for about six years yesterday, and it was pretty riveting, finish to finish. It was a type of marathon classes that wants a bit of time to settle in your mind earlier than you’ll be able to resolve it, determining what you really appreciated to listen to and what perhaps raised some crimson flags. Let’s speak about these crimson (properly, perhaps a pale crimson, sorta orangey-pink) flags that sprouted in my thoughts as I slumbered on the entire thing.
Mist Techniques has had a improbable run as a late-comer to a aggressive trade crammed with incumbents. That’s not straightforward, and their AI-inspired story has served them properly. Now, we see the corporate transferring i’s personal cheese, and I can’t assist however take into consideration perhaps just a few areas of concern.
- Mist is not its personal little WLAN product line bubble. Mist began off as a wireless-only product line. That allow it concentrate on one discreet space with all of its improvement and quest for excellence. Certain, AI has been a key ingredient. However AI isn’t a magic wand. Simply since you use it, doesn’t imply you have got the Golden Ticket endlessly. NOW, Mist is spreading its methodology into the Juniper LAN facet of its new home… the larger you go, the extra locations there are for issues to go improper. The extra alternatives there are for code bugs…
- Mist has lastly launched a decent AP product line. Once more, Mist has had the luxurious of not providing many APs so far. Life has obtained to be simpler on the event facet when your product set is smaller, I’m guessing. We see it regularly from different vendors- sure mannequin APs are susceptible to points and bugs. Will Mist stumble upon the identical type of customer-facing disgrace now that they’ve some variety of AP lineup? Or will their promised self-debugging whizz-banginess get rid of that as a possible? Time will inform.
- The um… properly… uncomfortable factor to say. I’ve the utmost respect for Mist’s senior management. Their outcomes so far with injecting the AI/larger reliability story into an trade typically fraught with overpriced buggy code suck communicate for themselves. Nevertheless- a few of Mist’s senior of us come from that world of buggy code suck. They helped to creator the very realm they now take potshots at. I point out this solely to make the purpose that no one is good with an ideal previous, and that historical past typically repeats itself. Within the buggy code suck world, complexity solely exasperates the buggy stuff, and Mist, as an total operational paradigm, could be very a lot changing into extra advanced because it matures. Ergo… extra alternatives to stumble? Hopefully, they will hold it on the rails and never fall sufferer to the previous woes that a few of their very own Bigs have not less than partial possession of elsewhere within the trade.
That little burst of sunshine apart, it actually was a thought-provoking session. See it for your self here, and be at liberty to depart me a remark beneath.