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May 19 2009   1:27AM GMT

Cisco expands UCS to carrier market

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Cisco, to no one’s surprise, has expanded its Unified Computing System (UCS) positioning to the service provider market, taking advantage of the interest of operators in cloud computing for both a retail service base and as a foundation for creating distributed next-gen service features. Cisco’s positioning is likely to be a response to interest from IBM, Microsoft and HP in the space, but most of all a reaction to what Oracle is likely to do with a Sun acquisition.

The service delivery platform (SDP) market has been hamstrung to date by a lack of a mission beyond voice and a lack of a general feature-friendly architecture at the platform level. Cloud computing can provide the latter, and with a flexible platform, the need to find specific non-voice drivers for deployment is reduced because the architecture can do nearly anything, respond to any trend.

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