Apple and Cisco get friendly with a strategic partnership

Apple and Cisco have announced a strategic partnership with the goals of "[creating] a fast lane for iOS devices" in businesses with Cisco networks, and improving interoperability between the two companies' gear and software. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the company is "all in on the enterprise" and called the Cisco collaboration the "Holy Grail" of partnerships.

Cook claims nearly all Fortune and Global 500 and companies "[have] put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy", while Cisco's John Chambers notes that 95% of Fortune 500 companies use Cisco networking gear and collaboration tools to communicate. Given the significant overlap, it seems natural for the companies to partner up.

For now, the companies intend to make iPhones better collaboration tools in Cisco-powered video and voice environments, aiming for "a seamless experience between iPhones and [desk phones]." Cisco also wants to provide better functionality in tools such as Spark, Telepresence and WebEx when using iOS devices, all while maintaining coherence with existing enterprise management and security policies.

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