Representing a further push into the enterprise content management (ECM) market, Cisco Systems may be launching a new joint venture with IT storage firm EMC, the Wall Street Journal recently announced.
Citing unnamed sources, the WSJ reported that the joint venture will emphasize installing server and networking gear from Cisco as well as data storage equipment from EMC. The venture is code-named Alpine.
Declining to comment on the proposed venture, an EMC spokesperson told the Journal, "EMC and Cisco have a long-standing strategic alliance and over the years we continue to broaden and strengthen the alliance."
The move would further Cisco”s foray into the data center market, adding to its latest data center architecture launch, called Unified Computing System (UCS), CNET reported.
According to Barron”s, analysts believe a Cisco-EMC venture could join a UCS server or off-the-shelf server with an EMC storage solution, or one of those servings with cloud computing data storage from EMC.
Cisco also owns a stake in virtualization software company VMware, the website reported. Barron”s reported that EMC has an even larger share in VMware, and the two jointly provide EMC Proven Solutions for private cloud configuration.