November 12, 2008

Cisco and VMware Expand Virtualization Alliance

Cisco has expanded its partnership with VMware to help customers improve the security, scalability, and management of storage networks attached to VMware environments.

The combination of Cisco MDS SANs with the VMware platform is part of the Data Center 3.0 strategy to support Cisco's vision to help its customers to design and build next-generation data centers. The offering will enable users to deploy an end-to-end virtualized storage environment with easy implementation of storage consolidation, disaster recovery, business continuity, and storage backup.

The companies already have a partnership to deliver joint data center applications designed to improve the operational control of virtual environments. In addition, last month Cisco increased its stake in VMware's common stock to 1.7% for approximately $13.3m.

Shekar Ayyar, vice president of infrastructure alliances at VMware, said: "VMware and Cisco continue to use our combined expertise in virtualization and networking to develop products and services that can help our customers improve IT efficiency and increase business productivity."