Microsoft Corp. and Cisco® today announced that they intend to work together to offer Windows Server 2008 with Cisco WAN optimization in a solution for branch office environments. Cisco will embed a virtualization component within its Wide-Area Application Services (WAAS) appliance family that will help customers to host Windows Server 2008 services within their existing network infrastructure for branch offices.

The two companies intend for Cisco to offer Windows Server 2008 pre-installed on its new virtualized Cisco WAAS appliances that are scheduled to be available later this year. To optimize the value of this solution for customers, the two companies plan to test and validate the resulting architectures for the remote information technology (IT) infrastructure in the branch office and to offer customers joint support. In addition, Cisco and Microsoft plan to work together to promote awareness of the integrated solution among channel resellers and customers by offering business frameworks and marketing programs.

“Extending our collaboration with Cisco to integrated solutions for branch offices presents an exciting opportunity for our customers and for Microsoft and Cisco,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president, Server and Tools Business division at Microsoft. “The technologies announced today will help boost performance and availability by making critical Windows Server 2008 services available to remote offices through integration with Cisco’s WAAS solution.”

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