NetApp, Cisco and VMware Deal May Be Coming

Friday Jan 15th 2010 by Paul Shread
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NetApp may have a plan for keeping up with rivals EMC and HP in the race for integrated stacks.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) may have a partnership in the works with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and VMware (NYSE: VMW).

NetApp has begun sending invites for an event on Jan. 26 "to learn what we're introducing to help you imagine and achieve virtually anything with one elegant solution."

Speakers will include Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Service Provider Group, NetApp CEO Tom Georgens, VMware CEO Paul Maritz, and "a special guest."

The announcement could be the latest in a string of "integrated stack" announcements from server, data storage and networking vendors. NetApp rival EMC (NYSE: EMC) announced an integrated data center partnership with its VMware subsidiary and Cisco in November, while HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled their own alliance this week.

An email invite to the event from NetApp noted that the three companies are already "helping customers achieve incredible results," such as "total data center savings of up to 50%."

Attendees can also learn how to implement "proven, validated, and secure virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions," and "centrally manage your network, servers, storage, and cloud through a unified architecture," the email said.

NetApp has already been working with Cisco and VMware on other solutions.

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