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Feb 16 2009   2:18PM GMT

Cisco positions for cloud computing move

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Cisco is reportedly eyeing VMware for possible acquisition, a move that would surely put Cisco squarely into the IT competition and mark perhaps the most dramatic transformation of business model attempted by any major U.S. tech vendor.

There are other things that Cisco could be focusing on, but the recurring rumor we’ve heard is that Cisco plans a major cloud computing initiative, recognizing correctly that enterprise transition to a cloud computing model may be the most significant incremental spending opportunity in 2010 and 2011 (it isn’t likely to hit this year, so Cisco has some time).

Cloud computing is a strategic mixture of IT and networking, but it is also a space where having the total solution seems valuable, and Cisco fears that IBM, HP, or Microsoft might at best support a strategy that was open in terms of networking, and at worst ally with a competitor. IBM and Juniper have done some joint cloud announcements already.

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