Cisco today announced that they are extending their cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery. 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.
New platform details:
The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will provide the building blocks for cloud providers to evolve beyond traditional infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings to create combined IaaS, platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) solutions that deliver more value to their customers.
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. This collaboration will deliver pre-packaged policy management libraries that allow cloud providers to implement applications more quickly with consistent policy management. In addition, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 is integrated with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager to provide the operational simplicity and control that cloud providers need to manage their growing business.
Finally, Cisco and Microsoft plan to support their ecosystem partners with a full lifecycle go-to-market approach that delivers everything from service ideation and demand generation to customer retention. The Cisco Powered and Microsoft Cloud OS Network (COSN) programs fully complement each other to bring an unprecedented layer of support to cloud providers deploying this new platform. This helps partners reduce up-front costs while minimizing the risk of going to market.
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