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Cisco's Grand Vision for Unified Computing
Cisco Unleashes the Power of Virtualization with Industry's First Unified Computing System
By: Reuven Cohen
Mar. 17, 2009 12:45 PM
In probably one of the more interesting announcements to come out of the hardware space in quite some time, Cisco today announced that the Computer is still the computer, just a virtual one inside a physical one. Actually the more interesting aspect is they've shed some more light on their Unified Computing Vision. As anyone who has followed my blog or company knows, the unification of IT is a key area of interest to me, so this news is quite exciting.
As I've written before in my verbosely titled post, Technological Universalism & The Unification of IT, Cisco's move into server hardware makes a lot sense for the traditionally "networking" focused company. A company that derives most of it's revenue from providing static "boxes" that sit in your data center doing one thing and one thing only. The trend in IT recently has been the move away from boxed appliances to that of virtualizing everything. Whether networking gear or storage, everything is becoming a virtual machine (VM). The requirement to buy expensive "static" networking gear is quickly becoming a relic of the past. What is acting as an application server today may be a network switch or loadbalancer tomorrow. This is the opportunity I feel Cisco is going after. (A kind of grand unification of IT resources)
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