Microsoft, Cisco Expand Cloud Computing Partnership

Microsoft and Cisco have announced new plans to market their hybrid cloud architecture to telecommunications and cloud computing providers. Their new offering, called the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud, includes Microsoft’s Azure Pack and selected hardware from Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

The companies say the new offering will reduce costs and simplify operations. Cisco also connected the new offering to its “Intercloud” initiative. “Just as we connected disparate islands of LANs into the Internet in the 1990s, now Cisco is connecting islands of clouds into the Intercloud,” said Nick Earle, Cisco senior vice president of cloud and managed services.

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