Cisco Teams With Microsoft on Data-Center Solutions

Cisco on Wednesday unveiled a range of integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft‘s Cloud OS technologies. By combining the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture with Microsoft Fast Track architecture solutions, the companies say they are helping customers to reduce complexity, improve IT productivity and enhance business agility and giving their channel partners a boost at the same time.

Cisco and Microsoft say they are 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 Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 solutions reduce complexity and boost productivity by simplifying the management of combined Cisco and Microsoft data center environments, the companies said. They also enhance business agility by giving organizations the ability to provision data center resources more quickly. By giving Microsoft customers programmatic access to the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco also claims to give customers far more insight and control over how Cisco Unified Data Center elements work with Windows Server and application software.

Cisco is offering new Microsoft Fast Track Solutions, which give customers the choice of either integrated reference architectures with Cisco and EMC (VSPEX Proven Infrastructure) or with Cisco and NetApp (FlexPod), both of which have been validated for the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 3.0 program and feature support for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.

The intersection of computing, networking, virtualization, and software is at the center of a new era of innovation,” said Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Solutions, Cisco. “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, in turn delivering simplified operations, and improved information technology productivity and data center utilization for our partners and customers.”

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