Cisco partnership with Springpath won't damper VCE relationship, says VCE president


One would think the relationship that still exists between VCE and Cisco would be going through a rough time as Cisco gets ready to build its own hyperconverged infrastructure, but a CRN article quickly put an end to such speculation.

Chad Sakac, president of VCE, told the channel publication the company "would be crazy and Cisco would be crazy to inadvertently mess" up a relationship that has VCE using UCS and Nexus hardware. Sakac put a shiny spin on the relationship between the companies, but recent trends in the competitive infrastructure landscape must offer some challenges.

After all, VMware has increasingly been in competition with Cisco on the networking front, and EMC (which owns VMware and the lion's share of VCE) is about to be acquired by Dell, which goes head-to-head with Cisco in certain segments of the market, including enterprise servers.

It recently came to light that Cisco was entering into an OEM partnership with hyperconverged software vendor Springpath. It stands to reason that might put a damper on the VCE partnership, but Sakac indicated quite the opposite.

VCE began life as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco, but Cisco sold all but 10 percent of its stake to EMC in October 2014.

For more:
- read the CRN article

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