Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Intel announced that it has joined Microsoft and other industry leaders as a participant in the Microsoft Cloud OS Partner Matching program. In its second year, the program helps customers transform their data center with private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. This program aligns incentives across software, server, storage, networking and services partners to offset the cost of deploying these Microsoft solutions, accelerates deals, and helps drive competitive wins. Intel will invest in initiatives to align sales teams and channel partners around the proof of concept phase in order to help customers simplify the path to private and hybrid cloud deployments powered by the leading performance and energy efficiency provided by the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel® 10GbE Ethernet Controllers, and Intel® SSDs. More information on Cloud OS is available here.