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Something's brewing with NetApp, VMware and Cisco

A website went up today taking registrations for a web conference being put on Jan. 26th by NetApp Inc., VMware Inc., and Cisco Systems Inc., a coalition that looks similar to the VCE alliance announced with VMware, Cisco and EMC Corp. last October. Except in this case the storage player is EMC’s archrival NetApp.

According to the site, the webcast will cover “what we’re introducing to help you imagine and achieve virtually anything with one elegant solution.” It will feature Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Group; Tom Georgens, CEO of NetApp; and Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware.

This looks like another in a line of “stacks” we’ve seen put together by large vendors and their partners in the last six months or so; just yesterday HP and Microsoft Wednesday disclosed alliance that will also focus on infrastructure bundles to support virtual servers.

The Cisco-NetApp-VMware troika also serves as a reminder that none of these alliances are exclusive, and we’ll see vendors making deals with enemies of their partners. When it comes to storage relationships, don’t expect monogamy.

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