Cisco, Microsoft Urge Partners To Team Up In Data Center, Cloud Arenas

Cisco and Microsoft -- two tech giants who have long competed on a number of fronts -- said this week they will continue to invest in a joint channel program aimed at helping both of their partner communities go to market with integrated Microsoft and Cisco solutions.

The program, which has been running in pilot mode for the past 10 months, is primarily targeted at Cisco and Microsoft partners in the data center and cloud markets. Some of the integrated Microsoft-Cisco solutions partners can take to market today include Cisco's FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud, or a reference architecture integrating Cisco server and networking, NetApp storage and Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 Hyper V. Cisco also mentioned its Nexus 1000V Switch for Windows Server Hyper-V, and EMC's VSPEX with Microsoft Private Cloud, as examples.

July 14,2013