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Cisco Prepares to Release Its First Virtualization Server

Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek, January 21, 2009, 11:15 AM

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is moving closer to releasing its first data-center server that would integrate networking capabilities into a single system and go head-to-head against a similar plan from
Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).

The networking equipment maker could release its new system as early as March, news reports said Tuesday. In December, InformationWeek reported that Cisco's upcoming product, code-named California, would be a blade server chassis that melds the company's Nexus 5000 switch that converges storage and data network traffic, blade servers that employ
Intel Corp.