Friday, July 12, 2013

Cisco and Microsoft Team on Data Center Architecture

Last week, Cisco announced a partnership with Microsoft to accelerate the deployment of private and hybrid cloud infrastructure worldwide.  

The plan calls for an alignment of sales teams and channel partners focused on integrating the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012.



The companies said their 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.  Key integrated solutions include:

Nexus 1000V Switch for Windows Server Hyper-V is 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 is 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 is 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.   

 "Over the last two years Cisco and Microsoft engineering teams have worked diligently to combine our industry-leading technology into integrated data center solutions.  Now, we're taking the next step by investing together to rapidly accelerate demand for our private cloud solutions," stated Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1220242



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