Cisco Systems announced that it is teaming with Microsoft to align the companies’ sales teams and channel partners as part of an effort to help organizations accelerate the deployment of private and hybrid clouds worldwide.

 Over the past two years, Cisco and Microsoft have invested “significant development resources” to integrate their data center technologies, including combining the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012.

Building on a successful pilot with channel partners over the last 10 months, the new joint initiative will be rolled out globally in conjunction with Microsoft's Cloud OS Accelerate program, which provides funds to help customers offset the services cost of deploying these Microsoft technologies.

By bringing together technology such as the Cisco Unified Computing System, USC Manager and Nexus switching with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012, Cisco and Microsoft are aiming to help customers deploy more private and hybrid clouds.

"In the mobile-cloud era IT organizations need an integrated approach, incorporating technology architectures that enable business agility, operational simplicity and improved application performance,” Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco, said in a statement. “Over the last two years, Cisco and Microsoft engineering teams have worked diligently to combine our [technologies] into integrated data center solutions."

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