Microsoft, Cisco Collaborating on

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-08-20 Print this article Print

IT Infrastructure"> Microsofts approach is that software is the hub of all communications, while Cisco feels that the network is the hub of all communications. But Muglia and Giancarlo pledged to work together in those areas that were complementary to meet the needs of joint customers and partners, while continuing to compete in this space.
The connected home environment is another area where Cisco and Microsoft are working closely together, and where they are currently exploring ways to enhance the next generation of IPTV systems.
Cisco-Linksys is also working with Microsoft on the next generation of Media Center Extenders so as to support select versions of Windows Vista and the growing demand for moving rich Internet and consumer-generated content from the PC to the living room, Giancarlo said. Click here to read more about why Steven Vaughan-Nichols says Cisco should not drop Linksys. "We are also collaborating on developing an entertainment capable infrastructure in the home, with dual-band wireless-N and quality of service, and we are working on an open platform and ecosystem that allows other devices to be integrated into the living room experience, such as the Linksys IP Camera," he said. In the SMB space, the two have established pilot programs for one-stop shopping that lets these companies minimize sales complexity by collaboratively selling through third-party distribution channels. An example cited of this is D&H Distributing, a Microsoft and Cisco distribution partner, which launched a solution-based selling program for resellers to provide guidance to them on selling Microsoft and Cisco solutions for infrastructure, security and mobility. Cisco and Microsoft have also worked on Cisco Unified Communications integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM to provide all staff, rather than just call-center agents, with an enhanced customer relationship management solution. Microsoft recently said it would reach out to IBM and Cisco on interoperability. Click here to read more. The two companies will also continue to evaluate and identify opportunities for joint sales and distribution of products in this space. They are also collaborating on the management and security fronts, while the interoperability work between the two companies remains an ongoing project, whose scope is a moving target to which things are continually being added, Muglia said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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