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Cisco ex virtual machina

Briefs | 07/27/2007 6:43 pm EDT

Cisco Systems Inc. says it's purchasing a US$150 million stake in VMware Inc., which makes virtualization software and is owned by EMC Corp. For the price Cisco will own 1.6% of VMware's outstanding common stock. According to a press release, VMware is also considering appointing a Cisco executive to the board of directors. Cisco says it wants to create stronger ties between the virtualization company's wares and its own networking equipment. The news follows information from Info-Tech Research Group in London ON that technologies such as VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure are poised to become the next big thing in PC management.

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