Cisco, Microsoft expand networking partnership

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Cisco and Microsoft announced Tuesday plans to extend their existing partnership around network connectivity to cloud-based applications. Specifically, the companies will integrate Cisco’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) with Microsoft’s Azure Virtual WAN and Office365 — a move that they say will improve connectivity from branch offices to Microsoft’s cloud and optimize Office 365 experiences.

Last year, Cisco announced that connections between Cisco SD-WAN to Office 365 improved application performance by up to 40 percent. The SD-WAN in this scenario directs Office 365 traffic from the customer site to the closest Microsoft network points of presence, often bypassing the corporate data center.

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