Business Cloud News
Cisco and Microsoft are deepening their ties

Cisco and Microsoft are deepening their ties

Cisco and Microsoft have redoubled efforts to appeal to cloud service providers by integrating Windows Azure Pack and Cisco ACI.

The move will see Azure pack, a collection of technologies that form the Windows cloud architecture, use Cisco ACI at the networking services layer, and include pre-packaged policy management libraries that allow cloud providers to implement applications with ACI-consistent policy management.

The companies also announced they integrated Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager to help simplidy ops management for joint customers.

“We want our service provider partners to move up-market with us and offer higher-end cloud services. By partnering with Microsoft we’re able to deliver a tightly integrated, application centric cloud architecture,” said Nick Earle, senior vice president, cloud and managed services at Cisco.

“This unique new platform will help our partners dramatically accelerate the delivery of new and innovative hybrid cloud services for their customers.”

Aziz Benmalek, general manager, hosting service providers at Microsoft said: “Cisco and Microsoft already have a strong relationship in the cloud and datacentre markets.  Today, we’re expanding that collaboration with a solution that will allow our mutual partners to deliver services quickly and grow revenue faster with a cloud-enabled platform. “

“The work we’ve done to integrate Cisco ACI with Windows Azure Pack will allow cloud providers to dramatically accelerate time-to-market, while decreasing costs.  Together, Cisco and Microsoft are helping our partners evolve with current market demand and rapidly shifting customer needs.”