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Nov 3 2009   5:22PM GMT

Vblock done, Cisco to launch new unified collaboration attack

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Cisco and its best friends forever EMC and VMware finally came clean about their Vblock plans on Tuesday.

Now watch for Cisco next week to shift gears–a tad–and unveil a slew of unified collaboration gear from phones to new unified communications servers–or is it now collaboration servers?  Big news on deck on that front for Nov. 9 when Cisco CEO John Chambers will talk up the products. They will probably also include additional new ISR G2 routers on the infrastructure front.

But back to vBlock: Don’t expect HP and IBM to lay down. In fact, you won’t have to wait long for them to up their  competitive responses to Cisco’s aggressive data center push. HP will talk up it’s “converged infrastructure” approach and will say–truthfully–that it, unlike Cisco or EMC–has all the pieces for a converged data center system. Servers? Check. Networking hardware? Check, check. Storage? Check check check.  It’s already down the road with some converged products and probably put pedal to the medal after Cisco’s first unveiled its Unified Computing Systems news last spring. 

Cisco is now opening up its UCS servers to channel partners which is bound to further incite HP .

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  • NateRob239
    Unified Collaboration is a term that has really grown strong throughout the past couple of years, and we are all becoming the benefactors of this growth. I recently read that Cisco is now working with an Atlanta based company called C PORT Solutions (check them out at [A href=""][/A]) to offer a very unique and updated experience using mobile telepresence to deliver a new type of working environment. If I can remember correctly, I believe that VMware is somehow integrated in this technology to help deliver a great experience.
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