Cisco and VMware said this week that they will expand their strategic partnership to include integrated products aimed at delivering the “software-defined data center.”

The partnership expansion will be highlighted by an investment in dedicated engineering teams collaborating on deeper integrations across the VMware cloud infrastructure and management stacks and Cisco's Data Center Networking and Fabric Computing platforms.

The Cisco and VMware investment in joint engineering teams will represent a new level of collaboration between the companies, which will enable the software-defined data center through unprecedented coupling of virtual and physical infrastructure.

As part of the initiative, VMware will integrate the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches with its newly introduced VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, and other VMware products. Cisco and VMware will develop Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)-based cloud offerings, which will bundle Cisco virtual networking, virtual services and management offerings.

In addition, Cisco will resell VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, which will feature enhanced interoperability with Cisco Nexus 1000V.

"The next-generation data center will enable customers to capture the value of VMware cloud infrastructure and management stacks along with the next wave of Cisco innovations in hardware, ASICs, systems and network programmability to deliver unprecedented scalability, security, diagnostics and policy management,” Rob Lloyd, executive vice president of Cisco said in a statement.