The Cisco-Microsoft system will enable customers to accelerate access to centralised applications, and virtually deploy appropriate Windows services to their remote offices.
As well as optimising the performance of apps, the integration will also lower operational costs related to remote office IT, said the companies.
Cisco will embed a virtualisation component within its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) appliance family that will help customers to host Windows Server 2008 services within their existing network infrastructure for branch offices.
Cisco will offer Windows Server 2008 pre-installed on its new virtualised Cisco WAAS appliances, scheduled to be available later this year.
To optimise the value of the joint program, the two companies plan to test and validate the resulting architectures for remote information technology infrastructure in the branch office, and to offer customers joint support.
In addition, Cisco and Microsoft plan to work together to promote awareness of the integrated solution among channel resellers and customers by offering business frameworks and marketing programmes.