Menu
Report: Cisco to elbow into server fray

Report: Cisco to elbow into server fray

Forthcoming server will bolster company's strategy to virtualize the whole datacenter

Enterprise IT shops might soon get another option for virtualizing their entire datacenter.

Cisco Systems is gearing up to sell a new, possibly disruptive server in the next few months, according to one report. The networking giant will elbow its way into a market where Dell, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard are the stalwarts -- and do so on the back of a server housing virtualization software, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Cisco's CTO Padmasree Warrior said in the Times article that the company's goal is to virtualize the whole datacenter and, as such, the server is just the first in a series of products to achieve that.

Although Warrior said the new product will spark "a market transition," rather than an entirely new market, and she downplayed the fact that Cisco will be competing against companies that it currently partners with, one analyst suggested it could be the most important product of the year and will likely draw "massive competitive reactions from IBM and HP."

The Times article added that Cisco could demo the products by March. Cisco declined to describe the product but Times sources said the server would come bundled with networking software from Cisco and VMware virtualization software.

Hewlett-Packard, for its part, last week injected orchestration and recovery into AI, its Adaptive Infrastructure for datacenter management, to enhance its Insight Dynamics virtualization software.

Jonathan Eunice, principal IT advisor at Illuminata, said that many of the investments he sees enterprise IT shops making today involve virtualization and consolidation because they can ultimately remove related costs from technology budgets.

Indeed, Forrester Research in a report in November ranked "accelerate your consolidation, virtualization, and automation efforts" as the second in a list of five steps infrastructure professional should take in a down economy. And InfoWorld found that virtualization is among the five top spending priorities in tight times for IT shops.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cisco

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments