The latest developments in the data center wars comes this time from Dell and Brocade, which are announcing a partnership today that includes Dell reselling Brocade networking equipment under its name as part of an "end-to-end" data center offering.
In today's competitive data center landscape, the networking piece of the puzzle has become more essential. Earlier this year, networking giant Cisco Systems shook the industry when it announced its entry into the server business and unveiled its Unified Computing System.
Dell and Brocade were already partners on the storage networking front. But, as part of this new relationship, the two will innovate together on virtualization management and virtualized infrastructure, Dell executives said.
Amid a sluggish PC economy and a changing landscape of enterprise computing, Dell has had to diversify its portfolio of offerings. To keep up with the competition, Dell had to take on a networking component.
The company also announced a partnership with Scalent, which takes an open approach to networking, allowing customers to avoid the need for a complete "rip and replace" of equipment and instead use existing infrastructure.
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