Along with the announcement of the Virtual Compute Environment (VCE) coalition in November, Cisco and EMC also announced the creation of a joint venture called Acadia, which has the purpose to design the Vblocks products, operate them on behalf of the customers and transfer them from hosting partners to customers data centers if required.
VMware and Intel invested in this joint venture too.
So far there was no additional information about the company but the fact that it will start operating in 2010. Yesterday NetworkWorld provided a lot of details about the board of Acadia:
- Howard Elias, President and Chief Operating Officer of Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services at EMC
- Gary More, Senior Vice President of Advanced Services at Cisco
- Rob Lloyd, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Cisco
- Mitch Breen, Senior Vice President of Global Channel Strategy and Sales at EMC
NetworkWorld also unveiled that the new company will have 130 employees and will begin its operations in Q1 2010.
Elias may become the company chairman.