March 12, 2015
Cisco Systems Inc. has announced an extension of its cloud and data centre partnership with Microsoft Corp. to include a new technology platform, which it says is designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the “journey to the Intercloud” for cloud providers.
“Today’s next-generation cloud services require close compatibility between hardware, software, network, storage, and compute,” it said in a release.
“As a result, cloud providers are challenged with managing the complexity and cost of integrating the infrastructure and application layers required to bring new cloud services to market.”
Cisco and Microsoft are launching the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform — an integrated offering that combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI).
Additionally, 14 cloud providers have announced they 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 centres across 50 countries.
The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will provide the building blocks for cloud providers to evolve beyond traditional infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings to create combined IaaS, platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) offerings.