Almost nine months after gaining U.S. Department of Justice clearance, the $2 billion network and service alliance between Cisco Systems and IBM is benefiting both participants.Cisco says revenue gained from sales of switches and routers via the alliance has exceeded expectations threefold. The competitive barriers that once existed between Cisco and IBM have been broken down such that IBM's Network Hardware Division (NHD) customers now have "comfortable" access to Cisco technology.
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