NetApp, Cisco and VMware Deal May Be Coming

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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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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