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Microsoft and Cisco Collaborate To Make Containerized Apps Easier

Recently, Cisco Systems Inc. announced that it's collaborating with Microsoft "to make it easier for customers to rapidly -- and at scale -- deploy and run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and Microsoft Azure."

This new partnership entails "the addition of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to the Kubernetes managed services that natively integrate with the Cisco Container Platform," according to Cisco. With a single tool, customers can now deploy and manage clusters both on-premises and in AKS with "common identity and control policies," which can reduce manual tasks and "time-to-market" for application environments.

It's expected that the Cisco Container Platform "will integrate functionality to support Microsoft Windows container applications with the potential to leverage virtual-kubelet or Windows node pools in Azure" in future phases, according to the announcement.

Cisco said that "As customers choose to deploy Kubernetes and hybrid strategies, both Cisco and Microsoft are excited about the expansion of [the companies'] growing collaboration to deliver this new integration."

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