Cisco unveils 'unified computing' initiative

The initiative includes a blade server code-named California

Cisco Systems Inc. today unveiled its first blade server as part of the company's "unified computing" initiative.

Analysts said the new Intel-based blade blade server, code-named California, is designed to manage and automate the movement of virtual machines and applications across data center servers.

The blade servers are a key piece of the unified computing initiative, which aims to make it easier for companies to virtualize systems, said Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior in a blog post.

Today's announcement, hosted by CEO John Chambers, is the latest part of a virtualization strategy Cisco announced five years ago.

Analysts said the company will also announce a switch and management console jointly developed with BMC Software Inc. and EMC Corp.

This version of this story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

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