More details about Cisco blade server emerge; Cisco details '09 Cisco technologies

Fresh details of Cisco's upcoming blade server have been revealed in this Network World story by Jim Duffy. The blade is expected to be launched next year and will compete with products from IBM, HP and Dell. It is codenamed California Server, and it is understood to be internally developed based on Intel x86 processors and a Linux operating system. Other Cisco-specific twists will be an embedded Nexus 5000 data center switch, report Duffy.

"I've seen the product," Vikram Mehta, CEO of Blade Network Technologies, a supplier of blade server switches to IBM, HP, Dell and others, is quoted as saying in the story. "I think I know what Cisco's trying to do. Servers are a $60 billion market. And if you're the size of Cisco — $40 billion — you're looking for the next multibillion dollar market to jump into. There aren't a lot of adjacent markets so they decided to step on their partnerships and take these guys head-on to get a slice of the server action."

Cisco officials at this week's C-Scape analyst conference were silent about the upcoming blade, neither confirming nor denying its existence. But officials did discuss some other upcoming technologies, including the next release of Cisco's Unified Communications System to enable customers to include business partners, suppliers and customers on the platform. Also discussed was the Big Bang switching upgrade expected late January that will be tied to "green capabilities", TelePresence system for the home, and language translation and speech recognition for Cisco's new MXE 3000 media processor.

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