Me too. I got into this with McAfee over the summer… They are pushing their users to migrate to a Cloud ePO for MVISION, and this kind of requires a domain account with enough permissions to install software so that it can push out applications and updates.
Does this sound like a good idea?
Extreme has had a series on their Could IQ control for switching and routing… Seems fine on the surface until you think about what happens when someone breaks in (not if but when). I brought that up in a comment on the video and they just dodged the question.
Thankfully both of the above still offer an on premises controller, but both are pushing for cloud because cloud provides an additional revenue stream past the yearly support that they are now charging for software (and hardware in some cases) updates and security fixes. No more free firmware for Extreme, we are way over $100K per year at work just for support, a full third of the price for a campus wide upgrade. If my equipment didn’t get put into this bigger package, I’d probably go with Juniper or Cisco, costs are about the same when you really start looking at the pricing.