Cisco will team with Microsoft to accelerate private and hybrid cloud deployment

Cisco will team with Microsoft to accelerate the deployment of private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

The companies will invest in initiatives to align sales teams and channel partners, while helping customers modernize their data centers with private cloud solutions.

Over the past two years, Cisco and Microsoft invested resources to integrate data center technologies.

By combining Cisco Unified Data Center architecture with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012, Cisco and Microsoft help customers simplify data center operations, boost IT productivity and improve data center economics.

Cisco and Microsoft plan to invest together to stimulate hundreds of private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments worldwide. Building on a pilot with channel partners over the last 10 months, the joint initiative will be rolled out globally in conjunction with Microsoft’s Cloud OS Accelerate program, which provides funds to help customers offset the services cost of deploying these Microsoft solutions, accelerate deals, and drive competitive wins.

“In the mobile-cloud era IT organizations need an integrated approach, incorporating technology architectures that enable business agility, operational simplicity and improved application performance,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco.

“Microsoft’s Cloud OS, built on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, provides a consistent platform that spans our customers data centers, service providers’ data centers and Windows Azure,” said Satya Nadella, president, Server & Tools Business, Microsoft.

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