EMC and Avaya executives played down any potential straining of relations between EMC and Cisco as well. "Absolutely not," said Anton Prenneis, an OEM evangelist for EMC, who notes that EMC is willing and looking to partner with a broad range of application providers to ensure their software runs smoothly on EMC hardware. Prenneis added that EMC and Cisco have a "very strong" partnership, pointing to the VCE venture, for example. "We didn't sit back and select Avaya out of some strategic marketing campaign, we have a good relationship (with them)," he said. When asked if EMC and Cisco would work on a similar analogous pre-integrated package for Cisco UC offerings, Prenneis said he couldn't comment.
The EMC-Cisco relationship has gone through some rocky times in the past year or so. EMC boss Joe Tucci even admitted so. "There are some strains there," Kerravala says about the state of EMC-Cisco affairs. Cisco likely isn't thrilled that VMware spent $1.2 billion to buy virtual networking company Nicira. But, Kerravala says that's the reality of business today: On some projects two companies can be friends; on others, competitors.
Network World senior writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.
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