Apple has announced a partnership with Cisco to optimise the businesses networks for iOS devices and apps, in the latest move by Apple to increase the use of iPads and iPhones within enterprises.
The companies plan to work together to create technology to improve how iOS devices work with networks that make heavy use of Cisco products.
This will also involve making it easier for Cisco's collaboration services, such as video conferencing tools, to work better with iPads and iPhones.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that iOS is already used in many enterprises and that the Cisco partnership will further extend its reach into the business sector.
"iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximise the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love," he added.
Cisco chairman John Chambers echoed Cook's ambitions for the partnership. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we're offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favourite iOS devices," he said.
The partnership comes at a time when Apple, which has a significant presence in the consumer smartphone market and is generally considered to be the leader in the consumer tablet market, is looking at getting its iOS devices adopted as business tools with more enterprises.
That being said, figures from Good Technology suggest that Apple is already a dominant player in the enterprise with 72 percent of the market thanks to the success of the iPhone 6.
Cisco, on the other hand, already has a solid presence in the enterprise, and the deal appears to be a move towards a business strategy that involves more partnerships and alliances with other technology companies.
Apple also has a partnership with IBM to bring business-focused apps to iPhones and iPads as part of Big Blue's MobileFirst portfolio. The partnership plans to bring 100 business apps to iOS by the end of 2015.
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