Cisco has announced a range of new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft Corp.’s Cloud OS technologies. By combining the Cisco® Unified Data Center architecture with Microsoft Fast Track architecture solutions, Cisco and Microsoft are helping customers reduce complexity, improve IT productivity, and enhance business agility. 

“Microsoft’s Cloud OS approach, based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, gives customers a comprehensive platform for implementing their infrastructure on premises, with a hosting service provider, and in the cloud. Combining the proven Microsoft Fast Track architecture with Cisco’s innovative Unified Data Center architecture provides partners and customers with a first-class option for navigating their way through today’s new age of data center deployment and management,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server and System Center,, Microsoft.

Cisco and Microsoft are also delivering on go-to-market initiatives for jointly vetted solutions that help enable channel partners who resell both Cisco data center and Microsoft Cloud OS technologies to grow their data center business and better solve customer issues.

 “The intersection of computing, networking, virtualization, and software is at the center of a new era of innovation. Alliances like the one we have with Microsoft allow us the opportunity to jointly develop innovative and integrated solutions to help drive out data center complexity, in turn delivering simplified operations, and improved information technology productivity and data center utilization for our partners and customers,” said Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Solutions, Cisco.