Cisco teams up with Xerox for cloud alliance

Cisco and Xerox are teaming up for a cloud services alliance, which will see them combine their network intelligence and print management products.

The partnership will involve putting the Xerox mobile print solution on Cisco virtual desktop clients and Cisco Cius business tablets, allowing wireless connectivity to printers via Cisco's Borderless Networks.

Sounds albit like an elaborate way to reinvent the fax machine.

Cisco will help out with Xerox's managed print services, which include embedded security, WAN optimisation and an inter-network operating system, apparently.

It will also see Xerox building its cloud ITO services on the Cisco UCS and Vblock infrastructure, helping Xerox-owned ACS roll out Infrastructure-as-a-Service, cloud consulting and private cloud deployments as part of a joint service.

“This relationship puts Xerox and Cisco at the center of a simplified, connected infrastructure – bringing together networking, printing and cloud services,” said Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox.

The joint cloud services are available immediately, while there is currently no timeframe for when the print services will be made available.

Financial details of the deal were not revealed.