Technology giants Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently announced an expansion of their data center and cloud partnership. It’s not the first time when both of them have come together for strategic reasons. Previously, the initiated go-to-market partnership last July, which proved to be a stepping stone to their success. The current move of both the companies is focused on marketing their hybrid cloud architectures to various cloud service providers and telecommunication carriers.
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The joint platform is named Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud. It will work efficiently towards simplifying operations and decreasing the overall cost of various cloud service providers. As per the reports, the platform combines the Application-Centric Infrastructure service of Cisco and Azure Pack of Google.
What’s The Benefit of Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud:
The primary question that hits everyone’s mind is why companies should opt for Google and Cisco’s joint platform. The answer is, it doesn’t only reduce the overall cost of their operations, but also simplifies them. With the help of this platform, cloud service providers will be able to deliver world-class services like disaster recovery and big data at DevOps speed. Nick Earle, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), called this partnership ‘phase two of cloud computing.’ He defended himself by stating that this partnership had used interoperable and open software to bring together two different clouds and created a hybrid model, which could scale across clouds.
According to Earle, Cisco’s move is similar to what happened in 1990s when Google connected different islands of LAN into internet to serve the world. So far, 14 cloud providers have agreed to be a part of this mission. Total number has already surpassed 60 with more than 350 data centers in 50 countries. The numbers are expected to grow in the near future.