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Cisco Storage: How To Dominate The Market Without Selling A Single Disk

While Cisco is well-known as a tough competitor in the networking, communications and server markets, behind the scenes it has also quietly become a storage linchpin thanks to converged infrastructures.

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Few know the ins and outs of being a key part of the storage industry without selling a single disk drive or array. But Cisco does. Cisco, known for its industry-leading networking and communications solutions, has used its fast-growing Cisco UCS server business to turn itself into one of the key players in the storage market.

Cisco has strategic relationships with the storage industry's top three independent vendors, giving its Cisco UCS server offering a huge boost in its competition with full systems vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Oracle.

It also has more recently formed partnerships with a number of smaller storage vendors, often for a specific offering such as virtual desktop infrastructure. Come with CRN on a tour of the relationships that have made Cisco a storage force to be reckoned with.

For a closer look at Cisco's stake in VCE and storage, see a preview of our exclusive report, "For Cisco, Is VCE Just A Stopover On The Way To The Cloud?" The full article is available exclusively in the CRN Tech News app.

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