Cisco And EMC Clasp Hands To Ramp Up Their Cloud Offerings: Sources

Rumours are bristling about the collaboration between Cisco Systems Inc. and EMC Corp. over selling new range of networking gear, including computers as well as storage equipment tailored for use in the cloud computing domain.

According to the sources aware of the companies’ plans, the coalition surrounds the new range of products, dubbed as ‘vBlock’, and it would help the duo position better against the major rivals, including IBM and HP, which have comparatively broader range of offerings in the cloud computing sphere.

The sources further mentioned that while Cisco would offer networking gear and server computers to the vBlock range, EMC would be responsible for providing storage equipment along with virtualisation technology from its software subsidiary VMware.

The announcement for such a coalition between the two companies can come as early as next week, the sources added.

Taking the recent surveys and forecasts by analyst companies that predict the rapid growth of cloud computing technology in the coming years, such collaboration between Cisco and EMC could help both companies to take the advantage of this big imminent future shift.

“It's a 'virtual block' of the data center. You can buy it from them as a service, then eventually transition it to your own data center”, Reuters quoted one of the people familiar with the plan as saying.