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Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM have teamed up to integrate their respective data center architectures to further advance on-demand computing.

The two vendors integrated several of their technologies, created a joint reference architecture, and tested and documented specific combinations of their technologies. In addition, IBM Global Services will offer integration services for both vendors’ offerings.

“We reduce the customer’s risk, because the integration is done by Cisco and IBM. We’ve already done the testing and documentation to make the job simpler for our customers. It’s no small task to bring together the network, servers and storage into a consolidated architecture,” said Pierre-Paul Allard, vice president, enterprise marketing at Cisco in San Jose, Calif.

Toward that end, Cisco developed a Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet switch module for IBM’s eServer BladeCenter chassis. The new Intelligent Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module is an 18-port edge switch intended to allow customers to aggregate servers together. The eServer BladeCenter chassis can accept up to four of the switch modules, which officials expect will be linked to a Cisco Catalyst 6500. The modules “leverage the same quality of service and security” functions available in Cisco’s IOS software for its switches, Allard said.

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