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Cisco works on virtualisation for Windows Server 8

Microsoft and Cisco collaborating to enhance Windows Server 8 in virtual environments

Cisco works on virtualisation for Windows Server 8
The collaboration with Microsoft will help Cisco solutions support Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V's virtualisation features, says Hull.

Cisco is collaborating with Microsoft, to enhance the scalability and management of the forthcoming Windows Server 8 in virtual environments.

The two companies are working to ensure close interoperability between the Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor and Cisco's Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch and the Cisco Unified Computing System with Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX).

The collaboration is intended to deliver scalability for virtualisation in data centres, and to improve provisioning, administration and security for virtualised environments.

"Cisco Unified Computing System scalability and memory density make it an ideal system for customers as they explore the many new virtualization features of Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V," said Wayne Hull, director and general manager, Cisco UAE. "Together, Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX with Windows Server Hyper-V will provide the advanced controls and consistency with simplified management to help accelerate customers' journey to the cloud."

Among the features that Cisco and Microsoft are collaborating on are areas such as policy enforcement, automated provisioning and diagnostics features, integration with Cisco security features and scalability for very large, multi-tenant and mobile virtual environments.

"Today's announcement of the Cisco Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX  working together with Microsoft Hyper-V aligns with our strategy of delivering advanced components so that customers can deploy an end-to-end virtualized data center and simplify how they deliver and manage IT services to their clients," Mike Schutz, senior director of Windows Server and Virtualization for Microsoft.

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