Ex-President of HP to Head Cisco, EMC Data Center Initiative

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Former HP President and former Compaq CEO Michael Capellas has joined the Cisco-EMC team to lead all aspects of the Virtual Computing Environment coalition. The appointment comes as the war between HP and Cisco for the data center and networking space has heated up on all fronts.

Former HP President and Compaq CEO Michael Capellas will lead the Cisco, EMC and VMware effort to change the architecture in data centers with the technology to ease deployment of private clouds.

The move comes as the war between Cisco and HP to dominate the evolving virtualized data center has escalated on all fronts.

Capellas will lead the Virtual Computing Environment coalition (VCE), formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware last fall and will also serve as the CEO of Acadia, a complementary Cisco-EMC joint venture with Intel and VMware.

In his role as the VCE coalition leader, Capellas, 55, will drive customer and partner adoption of the coalition's IT solutions, including Vblock packages—preintegrated, pretested technology packages for fully virtualized data centers.

He is also charged with attracting additional partners to the coalition, the companies said in a statement announcing his appointment. VCE has 45 partners and six system integrators that are currently selling Vblocks, and some 200 additional partners are in the certification phase, according to Cisco and EMC. The companies estimate the total market for private cloud infrastructure, including the elements that can be addressed by the VCE coalition, to be $85 billion by 2015.

Capellas will also lead Acadia, the joint venture formed to build solutions and then transfer them to customers.  

Capellas will report to Joe Tucci, EMC chairman and CEO, and John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO, and the Acadia board.

"With more than three decades of experience, Michael has made a career out of leading and transforming large corporations," said Tucci, in a prepared statement. "Today, IT departments are undergoing their own transformation as they begin their journey to the private cloud to reduce their computing costs and have more flexibility in the way they deploy applications. I believe Michael is the perfect executive to build added confidence and trust in the power of Cisco, EMC and our partners to help them along the way."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com