It may be sunny where you live, but the forecast calls for clouds today as Cisco and Xerox Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver cloud-based IT services. The partnership between Cisco and Xerox brings technology solutions that combine network and print cloud services for customers, along with a host of opportunities for partners.
Today’s announcement means that customers can add managed print services to their networks, leverage cloud server infrastructure to scale their application hosting, monitor print devices, manage everything in one cloud environment — and lower IT expenses, too.
It’s a “win-win-win” as Cisco SVP Keith Goodwin tweeted this morning.
What’s not to like? Today’s announcement delivers solutions in the following major areas:
- Xerox Corporation Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks:
This consolidates IT and print management using the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print aware intelligence to monitor print technology and operating costs, to protect confidential data from any location, and to improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
- Xerox Cloud ITO Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock Infrastructure:
This accelerates the rollout of new IT services to adapt to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or through a combination in a hybrid cloud environment.
- Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Virtual Desktops and Cisco Cius:
Means (almost) no more worrying. Mobile workers can securely print documents from any email-enabled device – including virtual desktops and Cisco Cius tablet – to any enabled printer using the Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions.
What’s in it for partners?
Glad you asked! Channel partners can now resell, deliver, and manage Xerox private and public cloud services on Cisco’s Data Center and Borderless Network architectures. These new opportunities in managed print and cloud services not only expand partner service opportunities, but lower risk. How so?
By offering these new services as a Cisco partner, you’ll add new ways to take costs out and track print as a critical part of the IT infrastructure, from one single point of the network — all under your own branded IT portal (a la white label).
Want more information? Visit one of the links below for details:
- Full press release
- Xerox Managed Print Services
- Xerox Cloud ITO Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock Infrastructure
- Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Virtual Desktops and Cisco Cius
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