Warrior doesn't use the term "cloud computing" when describing Cisco's vision of "Unified Computing," but "building a next-generation datacenter that links all resources together in a common architecture" isn't far off from just that scenario. There is a lot of symmetry, according to Butler.
"When you get to Cisco's level of domination, unless there is significant organic growth in the market, it becomes difficult to sustain success, and you have to start looking elsewhere. I think what we have here is a recognition on Cisco's part that it has to influence decision making at a higher order in the data enter," said Butler.
A move deeper into the datacenter will put Cisco on a collision course with some of the traditional hardware vendors, including IBM, Sun, and HP.
Both Warrior and Hollis are vague about upcoming products. EMC has, for example, already got Atmos, a storage product targeted at newer storage clouds, but there is more to the story, said Hollis via e-mail without elaborating.
Warrior didn't go into any detail on upcoming datacenter products, except to say that Cisco is developing them.