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Cisco, IBM Deal Expands On-Demand Management Offering

New integrated data center solutions launched by Cisco Systems and IBM last week under an expanded partnership deal will help speed deployment times and ease management of on-demand environments, VARs said.

The new solutions, which include a Cisco Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 switch module for IBM's eServer BladeCenter, will round out IBM's offerings and help increase comfort levels by providing preintegrated, pretested equipment, said Chris Swahn, president of sales at Merrimack, N.H.-based Amherst Technologies.

"This is a big win for IBM," Swahn said. The partnership propels IBM past Hewlett-Packard, which has not integrated its own ProCurve network equipment into its autonomic computing strategy, Swahn said.

Cisco's Pierre-Paul Allard says the new products reduce deployment risks.

In expansion of their long-standing strategic alliance, Cisco and IBM said they are bringing together their server, storage, networking and management products to provide an integrated data center automation platform.

"It takes away a huge amount of risk for deployments in the data center," said Pierre-Paul Allard, vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing at Cisco, San Jose, Calif. "It eliminates the human error factor, provides better profitability for our partners and saves time and money."

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