Cisco and Microsoft team up to launch new data center technologies

Infotech Lead America: Cisco and Microsoft have teamed up to launch new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft’s Cloud OS technologies.

Cisco and Microsoft — as per the new agreement — are also delivering on go-to-market initiatives for jointly vetted solutions that help enable channel partners who resell both Cisco data center and Microsoft Cloud OS technologies to grow their data center business and better solve customer issues.

The Cisco Unified Data Center technology and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions mitigate the complexity of the data center and help to enable simplified deployment, operations, and increased productivity.

The Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 solutions reduce complexity and boost productivity by simplifying the management of combined Cisco and Microsoft data center environments. They enhance business agility by giving organizations the ability to provision data center resources more quickly.

Satinder Sethi, VP, Data Center Solutions, Cisco, said: “Alliances like the one we have with Microsoft allow us the opportunity to jointly develop innovative and integrated solutions to help drive out data center complexity.”

Dimension Data says Cisco’s support of open APIs in its products facilitated a smooth integration into the Microsoft software stack, which realized the promise of agility and automation.

Neil Campbell, director of Solutions, Dimension Data Australia, said: “Our ability to architect and deliver an integrated, scalable ‘Bank in a Box’ solution to ING Direct was made possible in part by Cisco’s technology — primarily its UCS server family, Nexus switches, and UCS Manager software, all working deeply with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012.”

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server and System Center, Microsoft, said: “Microsoft’s Cloud OS approach, based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, gives customers a comprehensive platform for implementing their infrastructure on premises, with a hosting service provider, and in the cloud.”

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