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November 16, 2010

Cisco, VMware unveil new desktop virtualisation offering

Physical and virtual infrastructure simplification and desktop deployments management

By CBR Staff Writer

Cisco and VMware have unveiled a new desktop virtualisation offering based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and VMware View 4.5.

Both the companies will support the offering with new channel initiatives that will help channel partners accelerate deployment of virtual desktop offerings that scale to meet customers’ business needs and regulatory requirements while reducing risk and total cost of ownership.

Cisco said the desktop virtualisation offering will simplify the physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with desktop deployments.

The new offering will provide customers with consistent security policy implementation and administration through UCS Manager and VMware View integration; and an operational model that helps enable deployment of virtual desktops to users in less time.

Further, two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) based on Cisco UCS and VMware View 4.5 will help customers mitigate some of the risks to successful virtual desktop implementations, and will be pre-tested to help customers and channel partners accelerate the deployment of the combined offering.

Cisco said that the new offering will be one of the core modules of its Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure (VXI) system, which delivers a superior collaboration and rich media user experience, based on fully integrated, open and validated end-to-end desktop virtualisation offerings.

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The companies have also introduced new channel initiatives designed to help partners accelerate virtual desktop deployments for customers, including new Solution Enablement Toolkit (SET) based on VMware View and Cisco UCS; and funding for partner-led assessments that use professional services IP jointly created by Cisco and VMware.

Cisco server, access and virtualisation technology group vice president Soni Jiandani said by combining their innovation in unified computing with VMware View desktop virtualisation they are helping their customers quickly benefit from the operational savings of desktop virtualisation.

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