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Cisco, VMware, NetApp in Petite Entente

It's supposed to enhance security in public and private cloud environments

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First there was the great alliance between Cisco, VMware and EMC and now there's a littler, less trumpeted triumvirate made up of Cisco, VMware and EMC rival NetApp assembled in the name of virtual and cloud security.

It means they'll have some recommended, pre-tested, and validated end-to-end configurations that they'll promote as their so-called Secure Multi-tenancy Design Architecture (SMDA) - basically blueprints, implementation tips and best practices - that they all support globally 24x7 to get the enterprise virtualized faster.

And that's good for VMware, which means it's ultimately good for parent EMC especially since this new alliance lacks the Vblock bundles and the Acadia joint venture of the Cisco-VMware-EMC axis.

The scheme is supposed to enhance security in public and private cloud environments by isolating the IT resources and applications of different clients, business units or departments that share a common IT infrastructure. In other words segment and isolate the workloads.

It's supposed to enable enterprises, integrators and service providers to deliver IT as a service (ITaaS). The trio's partners will sell the stuff.

And naturally it involves vSphere/vCenter/vShield, Cisco's UCS servers and 10 gigE Nexus switches, and NetApp's FAS storage with its Multistore partitioning software and anticipates moving data and applications around hybrid clouds.

Everything exists; the customer just has to pick from the Chinese menu and get it put together.

It's supposed to help administrators establish the appropriate quality of service for each resource layer and deliver consistent service performance levels for the applications in each layer.

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