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Shashi Kiran, Cisco's senior director, market management for data center networking and enterprise switching, wrote in a Cisco blog that the partnership will help businesses and partners build and deliver automated cloud services.
"The Cisco-Citrix partnership delivers a best of breed approach to designing next generation, cloud-ready networks, and couples Cisco’s leadership in data center and cloud infrastructure with Citrix’s strength in application delivery controllers," Kiran wrote.
"Bringing these key technologies together into an integrated solution will help enterprise and service provider customers deliver true cloud service automation with deep network and application level intelligence, speeding service deployment, and simplifying networking services," he added.
The growing role open-source standards are playing in cloud environments was pointed out in Cisco's alignment with the Citrix CloudPlatform and its Apache CloudStack, open-source standard.
On Saturday, Cisco announced a free distribution of its OpenStack, open-source cloud platform, a rival of Apache's CloudStack standard. Cisco sees no difficulty in supporting both standards.