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Microsoft expands Cisco alliance, reportedly nears cybersecurity deal

  • As part of their longstanding alliance, Cisco (CSCO - unchanged) and Microsoft (MSFT +0.1%) have signed a new 3-year "go-to-market plan" featuring tech integration and sales/marketing partnerships for a slew of data center products.
  • On Cisco's side, the products covered include its Nexus data center switches and UCS servers - two bright spots for the company. On Microsoft's site, they include Windows Server, SQL Server, System Center, and Azure.
  • The deal, which comes amid Microsoft's partner conference (previous), also features a program to migrate Windows Server 2003 clients to UCS systems running Windows Server 2012 R2. Nonetheless, Microsoft and Cisco remain rivals in the unified communications software space.
  • Separately, the WSJ reports Microsoft is close to buying Aorato, an Israeli developer of cybersecurity/identity-protection software, for $200M.
  • Aorato's products analyze interactions with Microsoft's Active Directory (enterprise authentication/ID management) service to detect suspicious activity, and prevent unauthorized access to IT resources.
  • The report follows the launch of an Azure identity/access management service in March, and comes amid a flurry of cybersecurity M&A activity.
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  • wil3714
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    WOW huge deal on cross hardware/software, definitely a defacto, also another security play on the rise look to add more
    16 Jul 2014, 12:47 PM Reply Like
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