IBM & Cisco, Still Pals
Sure, Cisco continues to encroach on IBM turf with programs like the Unified Computing System (UCS), and IBM is looking huffy in enlisting Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) as alternative partners to fill Cisco's space. (See Cisco Dreams of Data Center Unity, IBM to Resell Brocade/Foundry Gear, and Everyone Loves IBM.) But they're very large companies, so it's a certainty that some factions within Cisco would get along with some factions within IBM.
To that end, IBM is now going to resell the Cisco Nexus 5000 series of data center switches, as detailed in an IBM customer letter today.
Back in May, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue had noted that the companies were likely to expand their data center connections. (See, again, Everyone Loves IBM.)
Separately, IBM and Cisco announced this morning that they're implementing a smart energy grid in Amsterdam for the Dutch utility, Nuon. I haven't really looked into smart grid issues, but you can find out about them at Greentech Media. Randomly, I'll point to this article yesterday about the myths of the smart grid.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading