Cisco chairman and CEO, John Chambers, said: "Aligning Cisco and Xerox cloud offerings brings the power of intelligent networking to printing and helps our mutual customers drive innovation across their businesses and become more agile and reduce costs. This strategic alliance also creates a tremendous opportunity for channel partners to grow revenue by building cloud practices."
Specifically the plan to offer Xerox Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks making use of the network's embedded security, WAN optimisation and the Cisco IOS software that powers Cisco networking devices. They claim that their combined technologies will "reduce operating costs, protect confidential data from any location and improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications."
Xerox subsidiary ACS - which provides a wide range of IT services - will use Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and Vblocks - complete data centre packages built from Cisco servers and networking equipment, EMC storage and VMware software to "help customers accelerate the rollout of new IT services, so they can better respond to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment."
Xerox Mobile Print Solutions will allows mobile workers to securely print business documents from any email-enabled device - including Cisco virtual desktops clients and the Cisco Cius business tablets - to any enabled printer, using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LANs
Xerox and Cisco say they are working with channel partners so they can resell, deliver and manage Xerox private and public cloud services on Cisco's data centre and Borderless Network architectures and that these offerings have been released for limited availability to Cisco channel partners.
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