Microsoft and Cisco Team Up

At the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure event on Wednesday, both Microsoft and Cisco teamed up and announced collaboration efforts for the cloud. The announcement expands on the current partnership between the two tech companies, and shows the power of the cloud.

The announcement between the two companies shows that both companies are thriving in the cloud market, and are giving enterprise companies more options for managing their data in the cloud. The Cloud OS and partnership gives solutions to customers and reduce costs of infrastructures everywhere.


Highlights Of Announcement

The amount of data in the announcement could last a while, but the highlights are great for companies who use Cisco and Microsoft. Now, converged ACI stacks will be available that have fully integrated versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint. The ability to have these stacks and versions ready to go for the enterprise will make it easier to deploy projects and applications quickly.

Also, optimized application and workload performance through dynamic network policies that automate and simplify deployment will be available. Management of deep visibility projects across Cisco, System Center, and Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual and non-virtual environments will also be available via this announcement. As Windows Server 2012 R2 is becoming more and more prevalent in the enterprise, this is a bold move by the two companies.


When Available?

Enterprise customers will be able to get complete support for workload mobility using gateway solutions via both companies via hybrid clouds between the companies. These announcements with their products are available today with pre-validated Cisco UCS, Windows Server, and System Center 2012 R2 solutions, and use those products to start saving costs today.

This move by Cisco and Microsoft proves that customers and enterprise customers are looking to save money by moving to the cloud with their applications and data. The announcement by Microsoft’s Satya Nadella shows why Microsoft is fully embracing the enterprise and the cloud/Azure, and also shows why Satya Nadella is a prime candidate for the future Microsoft CEO. The full embrace of the enterprise cloud is the future, and Microsoft and Cisco completely get it.

Published: Thursday, November 7th, 2013 Last Modified: November 7, 2013

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