Today at Microsoft Ignite, Cisco continues to prove out our commitment to delivering the best data center and networking infrastructure solutions for the Microsoft portfolio. The proof comes in the form of new Cisco innovations that we committed to deliver as part of our joint multi-year go-to-market agreement with Microsoft in July 2014. Building on the great success we have achieved with the Unified Computing System (UCS) and Integrated Infrastructures, Microsoft and Cisco are now teaming to provide new solutions (see press release this morning) that simplify the movement and management of workloads between private and hybrid cloud environments. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V, and Cisco Intercloud Fabric provide a seamless pathway to Microsoft Azure with Cisco application intelligent networking services.

Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Microsoft and Cisco have been committed to deliver the value of Application Centric Infrastructure to Microsoft users since the announcement of ACI. This video from Brad Anderson, Microsoft CVP, Windows Server and System Center demonstrates the value Microsoft sees in ACI since.


If you are new to this space, I should point out that Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is an innovative Data Center architecture that simplifies optimizes and accelerates the entire application lifecycle through a common policy management framework. With an open, systems-based approach, Cisco ACI is designed to support leading data center infrastructure and virtualization technologies. If you are up to speed on ACI then you know that with Microsoft Windows-based application servers running the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, Cisco ACI provides tight integration between physical and virtual application environments. The Cisco ACI policy framework provides connectivity for Microsoft Hyper-V workloads through virtual topologies over Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches. If you come by Ignite we would love to show you all the benefits of ACI integration with Microsoft Windows Azure Pack and Hyper-V Hypervisor

Not coming to the show? Well you might enjoy watching this demo to learn more about how ACI can be integrated as a resource provider in Azure pack and how the integrated solution helps tenants share and consume resources in a secure, flexible and simple manner.

Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V

Did you know there is now a Cisco product in the Microsoft Azure Market Place?

The Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V (CSR 1000V) is the first Cisco Product to be made available there. It’s a router and network services platform in virtual form factor that is intended for deployment in cloud and virtual data centers. Our customers can now confidently extend their private network into Microsoft Azure.

Want to know more about CSR 1000V? This Techwise TV video does a great job summarizing the fundamentals.

Cisco Intercloud Fabric (ICF)

To round out our new innovation proof points we are demonstrating how Cisco Intercloud Fabric, ICF, allows next generation data center extension to Microsoft Azure. Customers can seamlessly extend enterprise network compliance and security policies to Microsoft Azure.

Want to know how Cisco Intercloud Fabric helps build highly secure hybrid clouds and extend existing data center to public clouds as needed, on demand with consistent network and security policies? This video explains it all.

If you are looking for more technical deep-dive, this SlideShare does a great job.

We are here at Microsoft Ignite booth 122 in Chicago. Stop by and say hi! Happy to answer any questions live.


Jim McHugh

Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing

Unified Computing Systems