Feeds

Cisco and EMC allegedly sitting in tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

VMWorld speculates on possible joint venture

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Rumours in the lead up to VMworld 2009 next week are suggesting that Cisco and EMC have formed a joint venture company, to market a jointly-developed product.

According to a person somewhat familiar with the situation, the JV company is hiring sales reps to sell the product.

This is not the 3-way Cisco-EMC-VMware deal revealed at the EMC forum on August 6. That involved the trio building an integrated virtual data centre, a sort of stack-in-a-rack, including (server) virtualisation, networking, security, storage and deduplication. Customers would treat this as a single component and obtain service from a single support centre. The offering might include Cisco's UCS servers or it might be available for vanilla x86 servers. The EMC Forum announcement did not clarify this.

EMC Competitor NetApp yesterday announced a somewhat comparable dynamic data centre offering.

The Cisco-EMC JV doesn't include VMware and, given the server interests of Cisco and the storage and cloud interests of EMC, it could be a combined UCS server/EMC storage offering or it might be a UCS server integrated into a possible Atmos compute offering, stories of which have also recently emerged.

It does seem that EMC may be anxious to become a bigger player in the server world and may be using its Cisco relationship to strengthen its offerings in competition with server giants Dell, HP and IBM.

A different rumour has suggested that EMC could be looking to acquire data indexer Kazeon. EMC wasn't immediately able to comment on these rumours, and Cisco said it doesn't comment on rumour and speculation. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?
How surgery might be making cancer prognoses worse
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?