Cisco agrees to deeper integration with Microsoft on cloud and datacenter products

Cisco announced a multi-year sales agreement with Microsoft at the Redmond-based company’s World Partner Conference today. The two companies will work together on selling cloud and datacenter services, and have agreed to deepen integration between some of their key products. In particular, the two companies will be working to integrate a number of products including… Read More

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Cisco's John Chambers.

Cisco: Microsoft’s ‘Windows first’ strategy out of touch with rise of Android, Apple

On the eve of Microsoft’s first-ever Lync Conference, Cisco today launched a campaign questioning Microsoft’s strategy of making its communication and collaboration products work “first and best” on Windows. Cisco, which makes the WebEx collaboration and conferencing service, cites the rise of Android and Apple devices as evidence that Microsoft’s approach is increasingly out of… Read More


Parallels nabs cash from Cisco to bolster cloud efforts

Parallels announced today that it has received an investment of undisclosed size from Cisco, money that the Renton-based company will use to bolster its cloud services efforts. As part of the deal, Cisco and Parallels also agreed to expand their joint marketing efforts. More than 9,000 service providers already rely on Parallels to deliver applications… Read More

Doug Wheeler

Tech Moves: Optify hires Doug Wheeler; Starbucks vet joins Auction Edge; and more

Optify, a Seattle startup specializing in marketing software, has named 25-year- marketing vet Doug Wheeler to the position of chief marketing officer. Wheeler most recently worked at TappIn, which was acquired last year for up to $17 million by GlobalScape. Wheeler previously held executive roles at DocuSign, Citrix and Compaq. “Optify and its inbound marketing… Read More


Tech Moves: Microsoft hires Cisco vet; Promotions at thePlatform; etc.

Microsoft has named Laura Ipsen as corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector. In the role, Ipsen will lead sales and marketing overseeing the government, public safety, national security, education and healthcare industries. Ipsen most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of connected energy networks at Cisco Systems, and before that she established the… Read More