GOOD: The appeal of the Richard-Zeta Mediator was its open protocol savvy and its strident concept of leveraging existing assets, while future-proofing your upgraded system with BACnet devices. The JACE rescue easily gets your BACnet assets back onto the network.
BAD: As RZ Networks and controllers dry and sour as grapes on the once smart and fertile vine, a significant number of MUSH Market investors (Municipalities, Universities, Schools, and Hospitals) who went the RZ Mediator route to strategically deal with the first couple rounds of proprietary battles, are now RZ Net orphans, unbelieving wards of the we really “can’t-integrate” state.
UGLY: Cisco handsomely bought and buried Richard Zeta after arriving at some projected, future border — remaining absolutely indifferent, oblivous, and harmless to the significant installed collateral damage it caused when it abruptly ended its blade solution or its “green cloud” energy wise image.
Well, now, we need to remember that the wild, wild west could be one wild acquistion away from your system. Like they said in Rome, when you were eyeing up your next chariot: Caveat Emptor!
Good thing, that most of trails we travel still have full service lanes that pass close enough to graveyards and tombstones along the way to ward off the temptation let the reigns loose and gallop down the next blazing beta-tracks laid by the most recent and urgent high-tech stagecoach arrival that is asking for directions to the next town. But of course, being polite by nature, please, you first.
Do you have a Mediator story? If so, don’t be tight lipped about it. No need to go all Dirty Harry on us, just tell us what you are doing about your system now. Are you changing your Mediators out ? If so what are you replacing it with? Is the Cisco kid still a friend of yours or did he leave you high and dry, drinking whiskey while Pancho drinks the wine?