Cisco and Citrix are teaming up to deliver integrating offerings for customers moving their IT infrastructure to cloud platforms.
The two companies said that the expanded partnership would allow administrators to better integrate Cisco's cloud networking and management products to be better integrated with the Citrix CloudGateway, CloudPlatform and Netscaler lines.
Cisco vice president of marketing Giuliano Di Vitantonio told V3 that the move was an expansion of a five-year partnership the two firms agreed to in 2011 which has proved successful so far.
"The first year was extremely successful, we have doubled our businesses together," Di Vitantonio claimed.
"The two companies work very well in the field, we have a very complimentary portfolio."
Among the new offerings will be the combination of the NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) with Cisco's own cloud networking and security appliances. Cisco said that it will recommend customers adopt the NetScaler ADC as a means for managing application services in the cloud.
As part of the deal, NetScaler will be recommended to customers as a replacement for Cisco's Application Control Engine, though the company vowed to continue support for its in-house offering.
Additionally, the company's plan to integrate the Cisco Secure Access Portfolio and Jabber clients with the Citrix CloudGateway, Receiver and Access Gateway. The move will integrate Cisco's mobile security and collaboration offerings with Citrix's cloud management platforms for mobile devices.
The companies hope that by combining their platforms each can provide a more secure product for enterprise customers looking to extend their support for remote users and those wishing to work on personal devices.
The third phase of the deal will integrate the Citrix CloudPlatform system with the Cisco Unified Computing System, Nexus switch and Open Network Environment brands to create a combined cloud orchestration environment based on the open source CloudStack platform.
"Citrix and Cisco share a common vision of computing in the mobile and cloud era, and have a strong shared culture focused on openness, user experience and a relentless commitment to customer success," said Wes Wasson, senior vice president of strategy for Citrix.
"Extending our successful partnership to new areas like cloud, mobility and networking will allow us to bring some amazing new innovations to our joint customers in both the enterprise and service provider markets."
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