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Cisco, EMC and VMware: A New Virtual Team

Microsoft has Citrix as a huge virtualization partner, and now VMware has Cisco and parent company EMC to fight back.

The three have formed an alliance to sell blocks of virtual capacity to IT. Cisco can not only handle the networking, but has a new server line built for virtualization and unified communication. EMC has services and plenty of storage to go around. And VMware has the core virtualization and cloud software.

In fact, the three talk less about virtualization and more about clouds. I'm not clear on whether this is focused on external clouds (where they just sell capacity) or internal clouds (where IT can build its own utility-style computing infrastructure). Do either of these approaches wet your whistle? Who's your favorite virtualization vendor? Fire off answers to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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