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Cisco goes in with NetApp, VMware on data centre architecture

Alex Scroxton

Cisco, NetApp and VMware have announced early details of their virtualised data centre design architecture, set to be sold through a "mutual ecosystem of partners" that work with all three vendors.

The new architecture is to be based entirely on existing equipment, with Cisco providing switches, including its Nexus and Unified Compute (UCS) kit, while VMware brings cloud OS and virtual security products, and storage input comes from NetApp.

NetApp president and CEO Tom Georgens claimed the architecture would provide a "foundation [for] cloud computing."

He added: "[It] will enable enterprises, integrators and service providers to deliver IT as a service. In this scenario IT becomes a dynamic asset that is more efficient and can better adapt to changing business needs."

The three amigos will also be offering a co-operative support model for "pre-tested and validated" design architectures to help customers build their own virtualised infrastructure.

Chris Gabriel, solutions and marketing director at Logicalis, one of the Cisco partners set to roll out the new design architecture, said it would offer end-users more confidence in their investments.

"This design offers that all important assurance when it comes to the customer experience; they'll know up front what their investment is capable of doing," he said.

"The announcement demonstrates Cisco, NetApp and VMware have the agility to create new cloud initiatives, and the design with simplify the adoption of cloud solutions for our enterprise and public sector customers," he added.

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