Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cisco Teams with IBM on VersaStack Data Center Solution

Cisco and IBM are teaming up to offer an integrated data center solution that combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the IBM Storwize storage system.

The new VersaStack solution, which will be sold through business partners, is aimed at cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments.  Specifically, the VersaStack solution includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), ACI-Ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director and the IBM Storwize V7000 storage.

Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco innovations such as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.

"VersaStack will help our mutual customers streamline deployment and operation of their IT infrastructure. It will also provide a foundation for innovation between Cisco and IBM—from mobility and data analytics to Intercloud and application centric infrastructure," stated Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Data Center Solutions, Cisco.

"As cloud, mobile, and big data continue to challenge and transform data centers, more organizations are turning to innovative solutions, like the VersaStack, for help," said Laura Guio, Vice President, Business Line Executive Storage Systems, IBM.

  • In October, EMC agreed to take over VCE as Cisco agreed to sell all but 10% of its equity stake in the joint venture to EMC. VCE was the joint venture formed in 2009 by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.  VMware is a subsidiary of EMC. Going forward, VCE will be a subsidiary of EMC and will serve as  "an integration point for technologies from across the company."  VCE's flagship product is its Vblock Systems, a converged infrastructure offering that combines VMware vSphere software running on Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) connected with Cisco Nexus switches, attached to EMC Symmetrix storage. More than 1,000 enterprises and service providers have deployed over 2,000 Vblock Systems worldwide.