My Friend, My Enemy: Untangling Converged Infrastructure Relationships

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Kingmakers And Heartbreakers: EMC

EMC, Cisco’s primary storage partner, gave Cisco the ability to closely knit storage to its own industry-leading networking technology and its nascent blade server offering.

EMC also brought VMware, a company in which it holds a 90-plus-percent stake, to be the virtualization layer on top of the Cisco UCS offering.

However, despite the close relationship between EMC and Cisco, they are not adverse to showing that their relationships are not exclusive.

Cisco in January unveiled a strategic relationship with storage vendor NetApp, which is both an EMC storage arch-rival and a VMware strategic partner.

EMC wasted little time in doing what looks like a retaliatory move. In May, it signed an IP networking partnership with Cisco arch-rival Brocade.


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