Cisco, Dimension Data create pact focused on hybrid cloud adoption

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Cisco and Dimension Data announced that they are expanding their long-standing relationship with a focus on driving businesses' movement to a hybrid cloud environment.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will use Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform and SaaS solutions to deliver a suite of mid-market centric cloud services to its customers and resellers.

The two companies will also jointly deliver an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution that will be packaged with Cisco technology and software-as-a-services (SaaS) applications, including Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) SQL Server and SharePoint.

These Cisco-branded solutions will be sold by Cisco directly and through its channel partner community.

Dimension Data offers its cloud service via 10 Managed Cloud platforms, with plans to expand to 13 locations by September 2014. By becoming one of Cisco's Intercloud partners, Dimension Data will evolve its Managed Cloud Platform to embrace Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Intercloud Fabric.

The partnership with Dimension Data builds on Cisco's plans to build its global Intercloud with partners targeting the Internet of Everything trend.

By deepening its relationship with Cisco, Dimension Data will be able to put its cloud services instantly in front of more businesses that are looking for hybrid solutions. It also comes at a time when the company has been expanding its presence in key markets such as the U.S., one that it bolstered through its recent acquisition of Nexus.

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