Cisco has entered into a three-year sales and go-to-market collaboration with Microsoft to deliver integrated cloud and datacentre services to enterprises.
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In the first year, the two suppliers will focus on the UK, Germany, France, US, Canada and Australia.
As part of the deal, Microsoft and Cisco teams will work together on initiatives focused on migrating Windows 2003 customers to Windows 2012 R2 on the Cisco UCS platform.
Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 reach the end of support in a year's time (14 July 2015). Windows Server 2003 is the equivalent of Windows XP in the server world with industry experts estimating over 10 million machines in enterprises still running Windows Server 2003, with many still hosting mission-critical services.
At Microsoft’s ongoing Worldwide Partner Conference, Cisco announced the deal with Microsoft. Cisco added that the two companies will invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources. The network firm said the two companies will integrate technologies across cloud and datacentre markets, such as Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus switches with Microsoft Cloud OS services such as Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
Cisco's team will also work with Microsoft to sell services through a mutual channel and focus on “transforming” enterprise datacentres with integrated products.
“From innovative technologies and global brands to specialised channel partners, Cisco and Microsoft have the ingredients to transform the traditional datacentre,” said Frank Palumbo, senior vice-president, Global Data Center and Virtualisation Sales, Cisco.
“We’re expanding our long-standing technical partnership with Microsoft with an aggressive global go-to-market and sales initiative. By providing our customers and partners with deeper technology integration we will help them transform their datacentres and accelerate the journey to the cloud.”
The agreement will also see Microsoft integrate services with Cisco to focus on private cloud, server migration, service provider and SQL Server 2014. Cisco-based integrated infrastructure services will include FlexPod. The collaboration also means that future releases will feature Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and Cisco InterCloud Fabric integrated into Microsoft cloud services.
“Enterprise customers worldwide are betting on Microsoft and Cisco to realise the benefits of our combined cloud and datacentre technologies,” said Stephen Boyle, vice-president, worldwide enterprise & partners group, Microsoft.
“Now, together, we’re strengthening our joint efforts to help customers move faster, reduce costs and deliver new apps and services for their businesses.”