Cisco, Microsoft, strengthen cloud partnership

14th March 2015
Cisco, Microsoft, strengthen cloud partnership

Bangalore, March 14, 2015: Ciscoand Microsoft have strengthened their   cloud and data centre relationship  to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers.Today’s next-generation cloud services require close compatibility between hardware, software, network, storage, and compute. As a result, cloud providers are challenged with managing the complexity and cost of integrating the infrastructure and application layers required to bring new cloud services to market.
To address these issues, Cisco and Microsoft are launching the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform—an integrated solution that combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) to help cloud providers rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs. Additionally, 14 cloud providers today announced they plan to join Cisco’s Intercloud partner ecosystem, bringing the number of Intercloud providers to more than 60 with a footprint of more than 350 data centers across 50 countries. 
The integration between Cisco and Microsoft technologies will aim to enable cloud providers to realize unprecedented value. The combination of Windows Azure Pack and Cisco ACI allows partners to deliver services—from network services and disaster recovery, to big data, and enterprise application services—at DevOps speed, drastically reducing total cost of ownership and accelerating time-to-revenue. 

Cisco and Microsoft: Simplifying Scale-Up Cloud for Service Providers
By Kit Beall, Vice President, Cloud and Managed Services Sales, Cisco
For a few days we have a video on the Cisco-Microsoft Cloud collaboration in our Tech Video spot on the home page