Cisco partners Wipro for IT infrastructure solutions


Bangalore : Global network equipment provider Cisco Systems Inc Wednesday announced a strategic alliance with Indian IT major Wipro Ltd to develop and deliver IT infrastructure solutions worldwide, said Cisco chief John Chambers.

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The alliance, expected to bring in business worth $1 billion, will focus specially on the Middle East, Africa and India.

“The technology partnership with Wipro will generate about $1 billion business for us over the next three years. The solutions will be based on our intelligent-networking technology and services in business processes and IT,” Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers told reporters here.

The third largest Indian IT firm has been associated with the $35-billion US-based networking product firm as the latter’s leading reseller in the sub-continent.

Taking the partnership to a new level, Cisco is setting up a solution centre at Wipro’s campus in Bangalore to develop new services and solutions such as unified communications for enterprises.

“Wipro will offer solutions based on our products and services to enterprises worldwide as its preferred networking partner. Wipro will also invest in the centre to develop competencies in our domain field,” said Chambers.

The partners also plan to develop products and services applicable to segments such as retail, healthcare, realty, transport and financial services.

“With network as the platform, our joint offerings to enterprises will incorporate advanced technologies in the areas of networking services, data centre, security, tele-presence and unified communications,” Chambers pointed out.

According to Wipro Infotech president Suresh Vaswani, the alliance will bring Cisco’s industry-leading networking solutions and Wipro’s domain expertise, quality standards and global presence to deliver innovative solutions.

“Cisco will be able to expand its worldwide market leadership by leveraging our global services and business process re-engineering expertise. The tie-up will also help in addressing growth opportunities in remote services delivery,” Vaswani noted.