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Cisco, Microsoft Extend Cloud Integration Effort

By Paula Bernier March 13, 2015

Two of the giants of IT – Cisco Systems and Microsoft Corp. – are expanding their relationship relative to the cloud.

The companies this week announced the launch of Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. This solution combines Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure with the Windows Azure Pack.

The aim of this integrated solution is to help cloud service providers expedite the delivery of hybrid cloud services, and to save them time and money in the process. It does that by providing cloud service companies with building blocks they can use to create new infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service solutions.

Users of this solution can benefit from a lifecycle approach to policy management, operational simplicity, and joint go-to-market, Cisco’s Mobile Internet Architecture Vice President Kit Beall explained in a Cisco blog posted earlier this week.

Cisco and Microsoft are also integrating the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller directly into Windows Azure Pack to enable service providers to deploy new services and applications faster. This allows for that because the application and infrastructure policies will be pre-configured and in an application policy library in WAP, Beall said.

“We will also be working closely with Microsoft and the ISV community to add apps and services to this library, and to maintain these policies as elements evolve, delivering lifecycle application to infrastructure integration to the partners who invest in this new architecture,” Beall wrote.

Additional operational simplicity offered by the integrated solutions Cisco and Microsoft will deliver include programmatic control of server and network infrastructure through Microsoft’s System Center 2012 RS unified management platform; and the availability of Microsoft’s PowerShell tools for rapid data center deployment, tenant setup, visibility, recovery, and backup.

Customers like Concerto Cloud Services are keen on this Cisco-Microsoft integration, he adds, which enable them to get to market more quickly with reliable solutions.

In related news today, Cisco announced that 14 new cloud providers are joining its Intercloud partner ecosystem, which as a result now totals 60 partners.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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