Earlier this week during Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Cisco said that it has teamed up with the Redmond company to accelerate the deployment of private and hybrid cloud infrastructure worldwide. They plan to help customers modernize their data centers with private cloud solutions while also investing in initiatives to align sales teams and channel partners.
"Over the past two years, Cisco and Microsoft have invested significant development resources to integrate best-in-class data center technologies," Cisco said. "By combining the innovative Cisco Unified Data Center architecture with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012, Cisco and Microsoft are helping customers simplify data center operations, boost IT productivity and improve data center economics."
The planned joint initiative will be rolled out globally in conjunction with Microsoft's Cloud OS Accelerate program. This program has been established to provide funds that will help customers offset the services cost of deploying Microsoft solutions, accelerate deals, and drive competitive wins.
Cisco will be combining its Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco UCS Manager, and Cisco Nexus switching technology with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012. The resulting key integrated solutions will include the following:
Nexus 1000V Switch for Windows Server Hyper-V (link)
A distributed virtual switching platform that provides advanced network virtualization features and tight integration with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Solution for Microsoft Private Cloud (pdf)
A validated reference architecture that integrates Cisco server and networking components and EMC storage with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V to provide customers with an easy on-ramp to the cloud.
FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud (pdf)
A validated reference architecture that integrates Cisco server and networking, NetApp storage and data management, with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012.
"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 of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business. "We are excited to work with Cisco to help our joint customers implement proven private and hybrid cloud solutions and improve their data center operations."
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