EMC And Cisco: Co-Opetition Gone Wild In An Industry Used To Disruption

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Good Partnership For Now And The Foreseeable Future

The close relationship between Cisco and EMC came to the forefront in 2009 with the introduction of a project to unite EMC's storage, VMware's virtualization and Cisco's UCS server and networking technology as a converged infrastructure for managing data center resources with a single pane of glass.

That project eventually morphed into a joint venture, VCE, which today is the leading developer of converged infrastructure technology. The partners in 2012 also used their VCE experience to develop a reference architecture called VSPEX that lets channel partners develop their own converged infrastructure offerings based on those vendors' technologies.

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