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Cisco set to unveil first blade server

Cisco Systems Inc. today is set to unveil its first blade server as part of the company's "unified computing" initiative.

Analysts said the new Intel-based blade blade server, code-named California, is designed to manage and automate the movement of virtual machines and applications across data center servers.

The blade servers are a key piece of the unified computing initiative, which aims to make it easier for companies to virtualize systems, said Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior in a blog post.

Today's announcement, to be hosted by CEO John Chambers, is the latest part of a virtualization strategy Cisco announced five years ago.

Analysts said the company will also announce a switch and management console jointly developed with BMC Software Inc. and EMC Corp.

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