What's going to happen now is we see that you have people that are very focused on the hardware/software interaction and are focused on these highly specialized areas. As the need for the specialized knowledge decreases, it doesn't mean that the skill sets that they've acquired can't be applied to different types of problems. The problem's going to move, the nature of the problem, probably, isn't going to change as much. They're still trying to deliver a network service, but rather than focusing on the hardware capabilities as singular things, they'll be focused more on what are the software capabilities that are required there.
The things that need to be considered about interactions and the performance characteristics shift from hardware centric to software centric, but the ability to see where those contention points are is still there. You know the one place you're seeing it in a hardware/software environment, the other it's just a bit more software centric. I see a natural path for people that are working in this field that way and also that it won't be an immediate change. There will be a migration period, where people, you know, the hybrid networks are going to exist for a long time.