Cisco Cloud Architecture for Microsoft Cloud Platform launched

Cisco and Microsoft announced the launch of Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

The new integrated solution assists cloud providers to manage cost of integrating the infrastructure and application layers to bring new cloud services to market.

The integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI).

Cloud providers can rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while simplifying operations and reducing costs.

Nick Earle, senior vice president, Cloud and Managed Services, Cisco, said: “We want our service provider partners to move up-market with us and offer higher-end cloud services. By partnering with Microsoft we’re able to deliver a tightly integrated, application centric cloud architecture.”

Cisco also said 14 cloud providers plan to join Cisco’s Intercloud partner ecosystem, bringing the number of Intercloud providers to more than 60 with a footprint of more than 350 data centers across 50 countries.

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The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will provide the building blocks for cloud providers to create combined IaaS, platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) solutions in order to deliver more value to their customers.

This collaboration will deliver pre-packaged policy management libraries that allow cloud providers to implement applications more quickly with consistent policy management.

This apart, 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.

The Cisco Powered and Microsoft Cloud OS Network (COSN) programs will support their partners with a full lifecycle go-to-market approach that delivers everything from service ideation and demand generation to customer retention – assisting to reduce up-front costs while minimizing the risk of going to market.

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 hybrid cloud capability for connecting to Intercloud and Azure.

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

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