Cisco and VMware Partner to Accelerate Data Center Virtualization

Building on a shared vision of data center virtualization for building private clouds, Cisco and VMware announced the expansion of the companies' relationship with the launch of a channel partner acceleration initiative.

Targeting mutual channel partners that are Cisco data center specialized and authorized to resell VMware solutions, the initiative includes a range of new benefits, including solutions training, solution bundles, financial incentives, funding for virtualization assessments, online demo labs, market enablement and financing. The initiative will help solution providers derive greater value for their investment in Cisco-VMware capabilities by simplifying the delivery of a complete architecture with the industry-leading Cisco Unified Computing System and VMware vSphere. The integrated solution will reduce data center complexity, lower costs and enable a more flexible, agile IT service delivery model.

Cisco and VMware are combining their solutions to create a platform for virtualizing data centers and enabling cloud computing. The Cisco Unified Computing System, powered by Intel Xeon processors, has fewer components to purchase, configure, manage, maintain, power, and cool. VMware vSphere is a virtualization platform to build and deploy a cloud infrastructure, increase control through service-level automation and pool resources to deliver IT as a Service (ITaaS).

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