SAN JOSE, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Cisco's (CSCO - Get Report) attempt to get its house in order pits the networking giant increasingly against tech behemoths IBM (IBM - Get Report) and HP (HPQ - Get Report), while pushing it closer to the likes of EMC (EMC - Get Report), VMware (VMW - Get Report) and even Xerox (XRX - Get Report).
With Cisco wrestling with problematic switch and public sector businesses, TBR analyst Beau Skonieczny told TheStreet that its fast-growing services division will help lift it out of its funk.
"From the services perspective, Cisco has been driving pretty aggressively," he said, pointing to the firm's recent partnership with Xerox around managed print services, which will intensify competition with print giant HP. "Cisco, with their smart
IBM, with its vast services arm, has been making a song-and-dance about its green offerings for the last few years. Cisco, though, has also been ramping up its efforts in this space, touting, for example, its EnergyWise energy management technology.With big questions being asked about Cisco's long-term growth strategy, TBR's Skonieczny told TheStreet that its high-margin services business is particularly crucial. "Cisco's efficient use of their