Cisco and Microsoft Partnership Gets Bigger with New Cloud Platform

By CIOReview | Friday, March 13, 2015

SAN JOSE, CA: Cisco and Microsoft take their partnership on cloud and data centers to a new level to incorporate a newly designed platform to meet the needs of traditional enterprise applications that will accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud. 14 cloud providers have already expressed their interest to get onboard Cisco’s Intercloud partner ecosystem, which totals the Intercloud providers to be more than 60 with a footprint over 350 data centers across 50 countries.

Everyday cloud providers are facing challenges related to the growing inter connection between hardware, software, network, storage, computing and costs of integrating the infrastructure and application layers required to bring new cloud services to market. To get a better hold of this scenario Cisco and Microsoft launches the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It is 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.

“The work we’ve done to integrate Cisco ACI with Windows Azure Pack will allow cloud providers to dramatically accelerate time-to-market, while decreasing costs,” states Aziz Benmalek, General Manager, Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft.

The integration between Cisco and Microsoft technologies 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.

The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will provide the building blocks for cloud providers to transform from the 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.

Apart from this, 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. Cisco and Microsoft will also 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 that complement each other bring an extraordinary layer of support to cloud providers deploying this new platform. This reduces the risks related to cost and market time.

The new solution is primarily designed to meet the needs of traditional enterprise applications. It will complement Cisco’s OpenStack-based architectures for cloud native workloads and provide seamless hybrid cloud capability for connecting to Intercloud and Azure. Cisco plans to publish the first reference architecture in April 2015.

“By partnering with Microsoft we’re able to deliver a tightly integrated, application centric cloud architecture. This unique new platform will help our partners dramatically accelerate the delivery of new and innovative hybrid cloud services for their customers,” Nick Earle, Senior Vice President, Cloud And Managed Services, Cisco.