Cisco, Microsoft Partner to Support Service Provider Hybrid Cloud Business
Microsoft and Cisco have created a new product package designed to enable service providers to offer Azure cloud services, probably especially to create and support hybrid cloud services.
Microsoft is contributing its Windows Azure Pack, while Cisco contributes its networking devices and servers.
The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform aims to enable service providers to create and sell hybrid cloud solutions to enterprise customers, a popular approach for enterprises adopting cloud computing.
The architecture is intended to support a variety of cloud services, including infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, software as a service, disaster recovery as a service, database as a service or backup as a service.
According to Gartner analysts, use of hybrid cloud will triple over the next three years. The percentage of organizations that prefer a hybrid approach will grow from seven percent to 20 percent in 2017, for example.