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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) And Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Just Teamed Up In Hybrid Computing Push

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) have just announced a new product package that will help both companies compete with other players in the hybrid computing space.

Called the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform, the package ensures costumers for both Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Azure cloud services and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s hardware and software products.

Customers who will avail of the new product from the tech giants will be coupling the Nexus 9000 – Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s fastest network switch – and the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure with certain Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Azure Packs.

“Today’s next-generation cloud services require close compatibility between hardware, software, network, storage, and compute. As a result, cloud providers are challenged with managing the complexity and cost of integrating the infrastructure and application layers required to bring new cloud services to market,” the companies said in their announcement.

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The new product is aimed generally for enterprise applications and is designed to give cloud service providers a leg up against the competition in getting their very own hybrid computing setup up and running.

In the enterprise at the moment, companies can opt to set up their own data centers to handle their needs. However, there is also demand to integrate additional services or capacities from other clouds, such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Azure, for some situations. This new product the Windows maker is launching with Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is designed to enable the company-owned cloud and the rented Azure cloud to work seamlessly together.

Cisco also said that it is building what it calls the “Intercloud” a connected worldwide network of clouds that’s aimed to handle the Internet of Everything. The new product from Cisco and Microsoft will be powering this “Intercloud”.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shareholders’s  includes Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital which owned about 74.24 million shares in the software giant by the end of December.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) shareholders includes Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management which owned about 57.13 million shares in the company by the end of the last quarter of 2014, up a whopping 368% quarter over quarter.

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