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Apple, Cisco embark on enterprise-network scheme

Partnership aimed at tweaking Cisco services for optimal performance of iPhones, iPads

The deal will see Cisco optimise its network infrastructure for iPhones and iPads.
The deal will see Cisco optimise its network infrastructure for iPhones and iPads.

Apple and Cisco yesterday announced a tie-up to make improvements to the performance of Apple devices on Cisco networks, Reuters reported.

Under the agreement, Cisco will tweak its services to optimise iPhone and iPad performances in the networking company's mobile, cloud, and on-premises products, such as Spark, Telepresence and WebEx.

According to recent figures from Gartner and IDC, global tablet sales, including those of the iPad, are stagnating. An increased focus in the enterprise space could help Apple to invigorate demand for its tablets.

For Cisco, the optimisation scheme could help to make its analytics, security and cloud-management tools more attractive to businesses.

Last year, Apple joined up with IBM on its mobile-first strategy to sell iPhones and iPads pre-loaded with enterprise-oriented apps, in an attempt to woo the business segment.