Cisco Systems & Microsoft to Jointly Launch a Comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform

Both IT giants – Cisco & Microsoft – to launch an integrated cloud computing platform that will enable service providers to reduce cost and time for hybrid cloud service delivery. – Cisco systems has announced today on March 12, 2015 that it is going to establish a partnership with Microsoft to launch a new and comprehensive cloud computing platform that will help the cloud computing service providers to quickly deliver their hybrid cloud services by simplifying many operational processes. This newly developed cloud platform will integrate the Microsoft Azure platform with the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (CACI) to offer building blocks to create a consolidated cloud computing solution that will include IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. The combined cloud computing solutions will create great value and service features for the customers.

It was further informed in the official statement of the company that this partnership between two IT giants – Cisco Systems & Microsoft – will change the landscapes of existing service portfolios of both companies. It was further elaborated that with the help of this comprehensive platform, the Cisco Systems will pave the way for the rapid growth of its dream program called as Cisco Intercloud Partners Ecosystem.

Meanwhile, talking about the expansion of the Cisco Intercloud Partner Ecosystem, it was informed that more than 14 more cloud computing service providers have joined this program and thus, the number of existing members has crossed the 60 mark. The current footprints of this program are spread in over 50 countries and more than 350 data centers across the globe, as announced in the statement.

While talking about the features and capabilities of this comprehensive cloud platform, it was elaborated that this platform will allow service providers to deliver different services at DevOps speed. The main services that can be delivered very fast will include disaster recovery services, network services, enterprise application services, big data management services and others. This platform will be available with preloaded policy management libraries that will help clients not only to deliver services fast but also with a consistent policy management capabilities. This architecture will also enhance the native load capabilities of its existing OpenStack based cloud architecture and will accomplish the increasing demands of traditional enterprise applications.

Meanwhile, the intention of Cisco Systems Corporation to launch the first reference architecture of this platform in the start of the second quarter of 2015 was also announced.

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