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Savvis at Cloud Expo

Cisco and Savvis, the outsourcer, have tied up to push private clouds.

Cisco's first big server score, Savvis will make Cisco's industry-alienating Unified Computing System (UCS) the cornerstone of Symphony, the private cloud platform it previously called Project Spirit and use it as the basis of the virtualized private data centers it hawks to the enterprise.

UCS includes servers, networking, storage access and virtualization managed as a single system. Savvis will also be using Cisco's Unified Service Delivery solution to combine the UCS architecture with Cisco's Nexus switches, ACE and MPLS next-generation network.

The pair has a reference architecture tested and validated at Cisco that makes Symphony, which is still in beta and not due out until spring, into Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) it can sell to the enterprise.

Savvis is one of the first service providers to deliver Cisco-based private clouds. The companies will co-market.

Savvis runs 28 data centers globally and claims 4,000 customers, including 40% of the Fortune 100.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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