Acadia will deploy private clouds with help from Cisco, EMC and VMware

A new joint venture is being launched to help corporations build “private clouds” using products from Cisco, EMC and VMware. Acadia will not design or build systems. It will be more of an integrator, helping customers plan and deploy their cloud computing data centers.

Acadia, will start off with a product line called Vblock. It will use VMware’s virtualization software, EMC storage devices and Cisco’s servers and networking equipment. The company should be in business by January 2010; at present, it does not have a CEO.

The three companies plan to contribute 130 employees. Intel is also kicking in a small amount.

The entry-level Vblock configuration will support 800 virtual machines and cost about $1 million. The high end will support up to 6,000 VMs and will run over $6 million.

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