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Cisco and IBM join forces, launch VersaStack

December 4, 2014  

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As cloud, big data and the Internet of Things drive the modernization of the data centre, Cisco Systems Co. and IBM Corp. today announced the availability of an integrated offering that combines Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the IBM Storwize storage system.  The new VersaStack platform is designed for cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments.

Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric, the two companies said in a release.

The popularity of integrated infrastructure offerings is growing fast. According to IDC, total worldwide spending on integrated systems is growing at 32.8% percent annually and will reach approximately US$14.37 billion in 2017 (up from US$5.4 billion in 2013).

Cisco UCS includes the Cisco Unified Computing System, “ACI-Ready” Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS switches, and UCS Director

The IBM Storwize V7000 includes technologies that automatically migrate data between tiers based on real-time usage patterns, for extraordinary levels of performance and efficiency.


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