WPC 2014: Cisco and Microsoft Join Forces on Data Center Solutions

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions.

Building on a rich history of solution development, Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing, and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets. The companies will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus switching, and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions, including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure.

"From innovative technologies and global brands to specialized channel partners, Cisco and Microsoft have the ingredients to transform the traditional data center. Now we're expanding our long-standing technical partnership with Microsoft with an aggressive global go-to-market and sales initiative," says Frank Palumbo, senior VP of global data center and virtualization sales for Cisco.

The Cisco and Microsoft plan spans three years, focusing on the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Australia during the first year and expanding out to others in the following years. The two companies are looking to align partner incentive programs, as well as work together on cloud and data center opportunities.

Integrated solutions will focus on private cloud, server migration, service provider, and SQL Server 2014. Cisco is brigning along a host of its tools, such as Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus switching, Cisco UCS Manager with System Center integration modules, and other infrastructure solutions like FlexPod with NetApp. Meanwhile, Microsoft technologies include Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, PowerShell, Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server 2014.

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