Cisco, Savvis Team Up to Build Private Clouds

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Savvis will integrate Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) with its Symphony private cloud platform to provide enterprises with scalable, reliable infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. Is this deal the blueprint for building next-generation private clouds?

It looks like Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is taking a step forward from theory to reality with the newly announced partnership with infrastructure-as-a-service provider Savvis, which will leverage Cisco’s virtualized data center technology to build and deliver private clouds to the enterprise.

This is reportedly the first such private cloud partnership in Cisco’s virtualized data center push. Under the terms of the deal, Savvis will integrate Cisco’s UCS with Symphony, its proprietary private cloud platform, to create the industry’s first enterprise-class Virtual Private Data Center. The idea is to provide enterprises with the ability to use an outsourced data center with shared, virtualized resources with confidence in security, reliability and performance.

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The two companies are also collaborating on management systems and integration roadmaps that will bolster confidence in the system and provide customers with transparency into performance and operational efficiencies.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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