Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

6. Cisco’s Unified Computing Strategy

After months of speculation and rumor, Cisco’s "Project California" came to fruition in March as the "Unified Computing System (UCS) architecture for a virtualized data system – storage, networking and servers. It was a grand idea that would truly give Cisco a hand in every facet of the IT platform. Cisco’s initial UCS push is direct sales and with select large partners. Smaller partners wanted in on UCS and Cisco needed a competitive product, which is why it announced it would field rack-mounted conventional servers that would be UCS compatible. UCS was one of the biggest announcements of 2009 and pitted Cisco against long-time allies Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun and Dell.

>> Cisco Begins Unified Computing Push

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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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