Cisco: Data Center One-Stop-Shop Wannabe

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From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Cisco: Data Center One-Stop-Shop Wannabe
Oracle is not the only one who wants to sell you everything that goes into your data center. Cisco this year delivered on its plan to offer a line of servers, competing with the likes of HP and Dell. The servers were part of Cisco’s portfolio of networking, storage, virtualization and server products designed to work together as a complete data center system, promising greater energy efficiency and better performance.

But questions arose as to whether forklift upgrades would be required to take advantage of the efficiencies. And the products were not immediately available for channel partners to implement. Later Cisco introduced vBlock, a set of reference designs for such data center combinations that were initially available through top-tier partners and later made available through distributor Ingram Micro.

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

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