Cisco and IBM extend VersaStack to hybrid cloud, software-defined storage

Cisco and IBM have announced a series of new solutions for their converged infrastructure VersaStack product to include software-defined storage and hybrid cloud capabilities.

The two companies, which made the announcement at Cisco Live Melbourne on Wednesday, said the extension will allow for greater application automation through VersaStack, which was jointly developed by IBM and Cisco.

“Extending our partnership with IBM … we launched VersaStack two years ago, we’ve seen great success on that,” said Satinder Sethi, VP of Data Centre and Cloud Solutions for Cisco.

“This is about launching the next generation of VersaStack with a lot of innovation around software-defined storage, with innovations around automation, and truly delivering a hybrid IT platform for VersaStack.

“It leverages a lot of the capabilities from software-defined storage that are coming from IBM, and the enterprise cloud suite which provides IaaS services for private cloud, as well as integration with hybrid from Cisco.”

The newly extended product includes a mix of Cisco CloudCentrer and IBM Copy Data Management for hybrid cloud, including IBM Bluemix; as well as spectrum software-defined storage using VersaStack and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).

“These additions to VersaStack create an environment well suited for both traditional and emerging scale-out applications, addressing our customer needs in a simplified way,” said Liz Centoni, senior VP of Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

“The expanded VersaStack portfolio

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