Cisco Doubles Down on Data Centers Using Microsoft Technology

Cisco Doubles Down on Data Centers Using Microsoft Technology 
Innovative Cisco Unified Data Center Technology and Solutions to
Reduce Complexity and Accelerate Time-to-Value 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/10/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
today 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(R) 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.  
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 Cisco Unified Data Center technology and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0
    architecture solutions mitigate the complexity of the data center and
    help to enable simplified deployment, operations, and increased
--  The Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 solutions reduce complexity and boost
    productivity by simplifying the management of combined Cisco and
    Microsoft data center environments. They also enhance business agility
    by giving organizations the ability to provision data center resources
    more quickly. By giving Microsoft customers programmatic access to the
    Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (Cisco UCS(R)), Cisco is also
    giving customers far more insight and control over how Cisco Unified
    Data Center elements work with Windows Server and application
--  Technology Innovation:
    --  Through the combination of the Cisco Nexus 1000V(R) Series, a
        comprehensive and extensible virtual and cloud networking
        platform, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Extensible Switch and System
        Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1, customers who wish to
        virtualize certain aspects of their data center networks can do so
        alongside physical networking and cloud computing infrastructure.
    --  Cisco UCS combines the powerful UCS Manager open API and Cisco
        PowerTool fo
r Microsoft's PowerShell utility with System Center
        2012 SP1 managing and provisioning tools. As a result, customers
        are able to provision, configure, orchestrate and monitor physical
        and virtual infrastructures, and Windows Server and application
        software at every level.
    --  With the Cisco UCS Management Pack for System Center 2012 SP1
        Operations Manager, customers are able to monitor and manage their
        Cisco Unified Data Center with a single interface.
    --  The Cisco UCS Integration Pack for System Center 2012 SP1
        Orchestrator improves operational efficiency and delivers scalable
        and consistent Cisco UCS management through out-of-the-box
    --  The Cisco UCS UI Extension Add-in for System Center 2012 SP1
        Virtual Machine Manager provides centralized management of Cisco
        UCS by allowing access to Cisco UCS management controls from
        within System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
--  Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 Solutions: Cisco is offering new Microsoft
    Fast Track Solutions, which give customers the choice of either
    integrated reference architectures with Cisco and EMC(R) (VSPEX
    (TM) Proven Infrastructure) or with Cisco and NetApp (FlexPod), both
    of which have been validated for the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast
    Track 3.0 program and feature support for Windows Server 2012 and
    System Center 2012 SP1.
    --  VSPEX Solution for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 3.0 offers a
        simple, fully integrated, rapidly deployable Microsoft-based
        private cloud upon which customers can easily manage the
        applications that run their businesses.
    --  FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud offers a turnkey platform,
        designed jointly by NetApp and Cisco, and built on a defined set
        of hardware and software for IaaS environments based on Microsoft
        platforms. The solution features management, automation and
        orchestration capabilities integrated with Microsoft System Center
        2012 SP1 and PowerShell for the efficient and accelerated
        deployment of services and applications
--  Go-to-Market: Cisco and Microsoft intend to roll out targeted channel
    initiatives in select countries to enable alignment in selling
    Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions.

Supporting Quotes 
Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Solutions, Cisco 
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."  
Neil Campbell, director of Solutions, Dimension Data Australia
ability to architect and deliver an integrated, scalable 'Bank in a
Box' solution to ING Direct was made possible in part by Cisco's
technology -- primarily its UCS server family, Nexus switches, and
UCS Manager software, all working deeply with Microsoft System Center
2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012. Cisco's support of open APIs in its
products facilitated a smooth integration into the Microsoft software
stack, which realized the promise of agility and automation." 
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server and System
Center, Microsoft 
 "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."  
Raj Gill, founder and chief technology officer, Scalability Experts  
"Cisco and Microsoft are focused on helping customers realize a new
business vision for the cloud era, and Scalability Experts has become
a key leader in advancing this vision by leveraging scalable and
high-performance platforms. Increasing the performance of database
operations, lowering IT costs and improving business decision-making
capabilities is what we focus on delivering to each of our clients.
Microsoft solutions and Cisco's UCS compute family are key strategic
platforms for enabling us to consistently exceed our customers,
Related Links 

--  Learn more about Cisco's Microsoft capabilities
--  Read about Cisco Unified Computing
--  Learn more about Nexus 1000V
--  Learn more about ING Direct's 'Bank in a Box' solution
--  Read from EMC about VSPEX Solution for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast
    Track 3.0
--  Read from NetApp about FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud

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