Cisco Cool With Frenemies
Cisco maintained that it will continue to partner with vendors like EMC and VMware even though both have made moves that might be construed as competitive to Cisco. That's the way it is, Cisco executives said: Be clear on your intentions and you can both partner and compete with major vendors like EMC and VMware, as well as Microsoft and IBM.
"Our partners, even if they're competitors, trust us," Chambers said.
All the same, said Cisco, it's strengthened its relationships with Microsoft and Citrix in virtualization because it "didn't want to become too dependent on one hypervisor."