Xerox, Cisco Partner on Cloud-Based Managed Print Services

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The partnership brings Xerox’s managed print and cloud IT outsourcing services to customers over Cisco’s network.

Xerox and Cisco announced they intend to form an alliance to deliver cloud-based services and technology solutions that combine network intelligence and print. The alliance plans to bring Xerox’s managed print and cloud IT outsourcing services to customers over Cisco’s intelligent network infrastructure. Both companies will arm channel partners with solutions that help businesses extend their existing IT investments, a joint release said.

Among the solutions offered through the alliance is Xerox MPS (Managed Print Services) over Cisco Borderless Networks, which consolidates IT and print management using the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization and IOS (Internetwork Operating System) software. The combined solution monitors print technology and is designed to reduce operating costs, protect confidential data from any location and improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.

"This relationship puts Xerox and Cisco at the center of a simplified, connected infrastructure – bringing together networking, printing and cloud services," said Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox. "Together we’re helping businesses transition to the cloud in ways that best suit their operations, and add the services needed to enhance security and productivity for employees."

Other solutions include Xerox cloud ITO services built on Cisco UCS and Vblock infrastructure to help customers accelerate the rollout of new IT services, including include IAAS (infrastructure as a service), cloud consulting services, and private cloud deployments, and a combined Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Cisco virtual desktop clients and Cisco Cius, which allows mobile workers to securely print business documents from an email-enabled device – including Cisco virtual desktops clients and Cisco Cius business tablets – to an enabled printer using Cisco borderless networks and wireless LAN solutions.

Xerox and Cisco are currently working with channel partners so they can resell, deliver and manage Xerox private and public cloud services on Cisco’s Data Center and Borderless Network architectures. These services, including IAAS, private cloud environments and MPS, have been released for limited availability to Cisco channel partners. The alliance intends to provide Cisco channel partners with new ways to reduce costs and track print usage for customers, while Xerox channel partners can utilize Cisco Smart Services (such as Cisco Smart Care) to support customers’ network solutions. Xerox Mobile Print can be accessed from Cisco virtual desktop clients and Cius when they are generally available, the release said.

"Aligning Cisco and Xerox cloud offerings brings the power of intelligent networking to printing to help our mutual customers drive innovation across their businesses and become more agile and reduce costs. This strategic alliance also creates a tremendous opportunity for channel partners to grow revenue by building cloud practices," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco.