Cisco and IBM firm up IP ties

Cisco Systems and IBM are to integrate a number of their respective products to simplify the deployment of cutting-edge...

Cisco Systems and IBM are to integrate a number of their respective products to simplify the deployment of cutting-edge networking technologies in the enterprise.

The announcement is a key plank in the efforts of both firms to tap into the growing market for Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications, such as voice-over-IP (VoIP).

Cisco has a large stable of IP-based products that will now be integrated with familiar IBM platforms. Some of the primary examples include Cisco's Unity, an application that allows for the accessing of messages over various platforms, to be integrated with the Lotus Domino groupware platform; IBM's Information Management database software being injected into Cisco's CallManager call processing software; support for CallManager on IBM's eServer xSeries, x306 and x345 servers; and closer ties between CallManager and IBM's Tivoli systems management offering.

IBM has been a user of Cisco IP technologies for a number of years. One of the firm's first large-scale implementations anywhere in the world was at its Toronto software laboratory in 2001. Globally, IBM has deployed approximately 20,000 Cisco IP phones.

Greg Enright writes for

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