Cisco, EMC, VMware Team Up to Form Virtual Computing Environment Coalition

Cisco, EMC, and VMware announced they are collaborating in a new entity called the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, a collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders.

The coalition was created to accelerate customers' ability to increase business agility through greater IT infrastructure flexibility, and lower IT, energy and real estate costs through pervasive data center virtualization and private cloud infrastructures. "There is a belief, or maybe more accurately portrayed as a hope, that cloud computing could help lower the cost of computing, making the cost more variable and provide IT flexibility," Joseph Tucci, EMC chairman and CEO says. "To be fair, there's also a lot of angst around the amount of robustness, security and control associated with cloud computing."

The cornerstone of the alliance, the vendors say, is to promote enterprise private cloud computing. The VCE coalition offers organizations an accelerated approach to data center transformation with efficiencies that promise significant reductions in both capital and operating expenses. The coalition represents "a joint effort between three companies to bring together best of breed solutions," says Paul Maritz, president and CEO of VMware, "to take the risk out of their journey from today's infrastructure to the private cloud. VCE provides a clear roadmap in the areas of networking, virtualization, compute and storage, in a way that has been thought through in a way that is easy to implement. The VCE coalition brings you a pre-built foundation for a private cloud."

The VCE coalition provides customers with a new approach to streamlining and optimizing IT strategies around private clouds, through Vblock Infrastructure Packages. These packages combine virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies from the three vendors. 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 will focus on a "build, operate, transfer" model for delivering the Vblock architecture.

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