Microsoft Confirms That It Will Be Adding Cisco UCS To Short List Of Servers That Will Run Azure Stack

Feb 10, 2017 01:22 PM EST | Carl Anthony Teves

Cisco System Inc., the networking giant, has just announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer the Azure Stack on its Unified Computing System. Hoping to make its mark in the hybrid cloud space, Cisco's integrated approved UCS will allow its customers to deliver Microsoft Azure services from their on-premises server center.

Azure Stack is a pile of technologies that Microsoft is designing for clients and partners to run in their own particular data centers. It includes experiences and programming interfaces that Microsoft offers through its own Azure open cloud.

The California-based networking leader stated that the new joint arrangement with Microsoft would allow enterprises to develop and modernize their applications in an exceptionally flexible and versatile hybrid cloud environment. As traditional business transition moves from on-premise data centers to more cost-effective, adaptable open cloud solutions, the hybrid cloud draws in customers searching for the best of both worlds.

Liz Centoni, senior vice president, and general manager, Computing Systems Product Group, Cisco, said; "Cisco and Microsoft are coming together to offer a hybrid cloud solution built on the power of UCS and Microsoft Azure." "Through our joint engineering efforts, application developers and IT managers will have a turnkey solution that is easy to deploy, manage and scale."

 In December, Cisco reported the end of its $1 billion public cloud platform, Intercloud, clarifying that it was moving its focus to help other enterprises build and manage their increasingly hybrid IT infrastructures.  Cisco joined some tech organizations including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and  VMware Inc. that are focusing on the hybrid IT space as they dropped their cloud platforms and teamed with suppliers as public cloud pioneers such as Inc and Microsoft.

Furthermore, both companies said that the Cisco Integrated System for Azure Stack will be accessible sometime in the Q3-Q4 2017 time period. Microsoft officials said a year ago that Azure Stack had been deferred from 2016 to mid-2017.

Microsoft officials also have said that customers at last might have the capacity to run Microsoft's  Azure Stack on the hardware that they already own, which a few users say they'd favor as a cost-saving measure. However, Microsoft executives haven't mentioned yet that this is a definite or given a timeframe to when that may happen.


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