Cisco Systems and Xerox are two companies with a lot of cachet in the IT world, which is why I expect their partnership to develop cloud solutions will both simplify IT management with cloud service delivery and combine network and print. The two companies describe the partnership as "Like Lewis and Clark, only more now." So what paths will these companies blaze?
According to the official blog entry, the Cisco/Xerox partnership will result in three joint-company cloud solutions:
- Xerox Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks: The two companies plan to integrate print and IT management with Cisco Borderless Networks network security, WAN optimization and "print-aware intelligence." The benefits, according to the companies, will include better print asset monitoring, protected data and the enablement of cloud printing.
- Xerox Cloud IT Outsourcing Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock infrastructure: By leveraging the Cisco-promoted Vblock infrastructure, Xerox expects to speed up IT deployments of private, public and hybrid clouds.
- Xerox Mobile Print Solution on virtual desktops and Cisco Cius: The mobile workforce can use any e-mail-enabled device to push documents to any enabled printer, again using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN technologies.
At least on paper, this seems to be a solid partnership, playing to each company's strengths: networking from Cisco and print from Xerox. And with managed print services (MPS) a hot topic in the MSP world, the venture could find itself generating a lot of buzz.
All that said, it's still unclear from that blog entry exactly when we can expect these solutions, or where they fit into each company's partner program. But stay tuned to TalkinCloud as we uncover some answers.
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