Monday, November 2, 2009

Cisco, EMC and VMware Form Private Cloud Coalition

Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a Virtual Computing Environment coalition aimed at pervasive data center virtualization and a transition path to private cloud infrastructures.

A private cloud is a virtual IT infrastructure that is securely controlled and operated solely for one organization. It can be managed either by that organization or a third party, and it can exist on or off premises or in combination. The companies said their private cloud computing vision will deliver the controls and security of today's data center with the agility required for business innovation at substantially lower costs.

The first deliverables from the coalition are a set of "Vblock Infrastructure Packages." These are engineered, integrated and validated IT infrastructure packages for virtual machines, such as Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Directional Switches (MDS), EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform.

In unveiling the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, Cisco and EMC also introduced Acadia, a joint venture focused on accelerating customer build-outs of private cloud infrastructures through an end-to-end enablement of service providers and large enterprise customers. Acadia expects to begin customer operations in the first calendar quarter of calendar year 2010.

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