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Savvis, Cisco Boost Enterprise Cloud Offerings

The firms will team to offer enterprise-class virtual private data center and multi-tiered security and quality-of-service capabilities.

Savvis is accelerating its offerings for the cloud by drawing on its 28 data centers and an expanded partnership with Cisco that calls for Savvis to integrate Cisco's Unified Computing System as the cornerstone of its Savvis Symphony private cloud platform.

Because Cisco has successfully tested the collaborative IT infrastructure and enterprise private cloud structure of the partnership in its Cisco labs, Savvis said it expects to be able to bring the new service quickly to market.

"Enterprises want all the benefits of cloud computing, but acquiring, integrating, and managing the new technologies is not for everyone," said Savvis CEO Phil Koen in a statement, noting that the two firms have worked together to develop a reference architecture that helps enterprise customers use the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) inherent in Savvis Symphony.

The new solution features enterprise-class virtual private data center and multi-tiered security and quality-of-service capabilities. Computational, network, storage access, and virtualization capabilities in Cisco's UCS are bundled into a single manageable system in the upgraded collaborative effort. The two firms have been collaborating in data center technology since 2006.

"Savvis is one of the first service providers to deliver private cloud and Cisco Unified Computing System benefits to the enterprise," said Rob Lloyd, Cisco's executive VP of worldwide operations, in a statement. The Cisco UCS "is evolving the data center to a more consolidated, virtualized, and automated environment that lays the foundation for cloud computing," he said.

Savvis said it is installing a wide range of Cisco servers and switches that aid in the creation of a virtualized network infrastructure for enterprise IT users. Savvis' 28 global data centers encompass more than 1.4 million square feet of floor space.

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