News Release

Cisco and Microsoft Extend Relationship with New Cloud Platform

Cisco partners with Microsoft to accelerate service delivery for cloud providers via integrated cloud platform
Mar 11, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 11, 2015–Cisco today announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft to include a new technology platform 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. 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. To address these issues, Cisco and Microsoft are launching the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform—an integrated solution that combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) to help cloud providers rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs..

Additionally, 14 cloud providers today 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 centers across 50 countries.


Cisco and Microsoft Deliver Integrated Cloud Platform

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) solutions that deliver more value to their customers.

The integration between Cisco and Microsoft technologies will aim to enable cloud providers to realize unprecedented value. The combination of Windows Azure Pack and Cisco ACI allows partners to deliver services—from network services and disaster recovery, to big data, and enterprise application services—at DevOps speed, drastically reducing total cost of ownership and accelerating time-to-revenue. This collaboration will deliver pre-packaged policy management libraries that allow cloud providers to implement applications more quickly with consistent policy management. In addition, 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.

Finally, Cisco and Microsoft plan to support their ecosystem partners with a full lifecycle go-to-market approach that delivers everything from service ideation and demand generation to customer retention. The Cisco Powered and Microsoft Cloud OS Network (COSN) programs fully complement each other to bring an unprecedented layer of support to cloud providers deploying this new platform. This helps partners 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 seamless hybrid cloud capability for connecting to Intercloud and Azure. Cisco plans to publish the first reference architecture in April 2015.


Building the Intercloud with Partners

Together with its partners, Cisco is building the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds. Architected for the Internet of Everything, Cisco’s Intercloud is designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and compliance with local data sovereignty laws. By building the world’s largest network of clouds, Cisco’s vision is to deliver the most comprehensive and easy-to-provision-and-consume marketplace of hybrid-ready cloud services.


Today, 14 additional cloud providers announced they plan to join Cisco’s Intercloud partner ecosystem, bringing the number of cloud providers to more than 60 with a footprint of more than 350 data centers across 50 countries. The new Intercloud providers include Bezeq International (Israel), City Cloud Technology (China), CTC - Itochu Techno Solution (Japan), Freudenberg IT (Germany), iland (United States), Proximus (Belgium), QSS (Bosnia) QTS (United States), Skyscape Cloud Services (United Kingdom), Telecom Italia (Italy), Telefonica (Spain), Troila Technology Development (China), ViaWest (United States) and Yunan Nantian Electronic Information (China).


Executive Quotes

Nick Earle, senior vice president, Cloud and Managed Services, Cisco:

“We want our service providers 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. This unique new platform will help our partners dramatically accelerate the delivery of new and innovative hybrid cloud services for their customers.”


Aziz Benmalek, general manager, Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft:"

Cisco and Microsoft already have a strong relationship in the cloud and data center markets.  Today, we’re expanding that collaboration with a solution that will allow our mutual partners to deliver services quickly and grow revenue faster with a cloud-enabled platform. The work we’ve done to integrate Cisco ACI with Windows Azure Pack will allow cloud providers to dramatically accelerate time-to-market, while decreasing costs.  Together, Cisco and Microsoft are helping our partners evolve with current market demand and rapidly shifting customer needs.”


Greg Pierce, vice president, Concerto Cloud Services:

“The Cisco Cloud Architecture built with the Microsoft Cloud platform was instrumental in helping us be first to market with a hybrid cloud that features seamless integration between our virtual private cloud and Microsoft Azure. Cisco’s rock solid infrastructure enables us to effectively offer customers near real-time redundancy, a wide array of compliance and superior performance.”


Fabrice Feyten, Head of Product Management, Cloud Solutions, Proximus:

“Proximus has been offering private and public cloud solutions for a number of years. Now, our customers are demanding a hybrid combination of public and private clouds that offers the scalability and flexibility to change the balance between on-premise computing and cloud at any time. By connecting to the Intercloud, we are elevating our hybrid cloud offering to the next level.  We can offer our customers the flexibility and mobility of hybrid cloud--supporting their applications on multiple clouds depending on the use cases and business needs, all while guaranteeing consistent servicing and SLA's via a consistent architecture.  The new cloud architecture from Cisco and Microsoft will help us turn the promise of 'application centric hybrid cloud' into a reality for for our customers.”


Tom Jolly, vice president, Managed IT Services and Cloud, TELUS Business Solutions

“Hybrid cloud is top-of-mind for Canadian business leaders as they look for ways to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage. Together with Cisco and Microsoft, TELUS is evolving our cloud services portfolio and weaving in hybrid capabilities that deliver the flexibility today’s IT environments require. By integrating their technologies into our unified cloud architecture, Cisco and Microsoft are helping us deliver innovative services to our customers faster and more efficiently.”


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