Cisco to Build Giant Cloud

— March 24, 2014

Cisco says it's planning to build the world's largest global Intercloud – a network of clouds – along with a set of technology partners.  Designed for the Internet of Everything, Cisco's Intercloud features a distributed network and security architecture for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, "near infinite" scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws.

This open Intercloud also will include APIs for rapid application development and aims to deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers.

Cisco expects to invest more than $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years. Its partner-centric business model is expected to generate a rapid acceleration of additional investment to drive the global scale and breadth of services that Cisco plans to deliver to its customers.  

The company says it will deliver Cisco Cloud Services with and through its network of partners. The following organizations, which are either planning to deliver Cisco Cloud Services or have endorsed Cisco's global Intercloud initiative, represent a sampling of the kinds of global partners Cisco expects to work with to build its cloud business: Australian service provider Telstra; Canadian business communications provider Allstream; European cloud company Canopy, an Atos company; cloud services aggregator, provider and wholesale technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc.; global IT and managed services provider Logicalis Group; global provider of enterprise software platforms for business intelligence, mobile intelligence, and network applications MicroStrategy, Inc.; enterprise data center IT solutions provider OnX Managed Services; information availability services provider SunGard Availability Services; and global IT, consulting and outsourcing company Wipro.

"Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers – all while mitigating the risk of capital investment," said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales, Cisco.

Accelerating the Internet of Everything
Hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centers, the Intercloud will offer an expanded suite of value-added application- and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything, the networked connection of people, data, processes and things that is expected to be a $19 trillion development in the next 10 years. 

The Internet of Everything movement is creating an entirely new set of requirements for globally distributed and highly secure clouds. What's more, the IoE has spurred Cisco and its partners to move forward with the development of a massively scalable, flexible and highly secure Intercloud to deliver the mobile, collaborative and rich video cloud services that enable today's connected experiences.

The Intercloud, powered by Cisco OpenStack, is designed to allow organizations and users to combine and move workloads – including data and applications – across different public or private clouds as needed, while maintaining associated network and security policies. It will also employ Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to optimize application performance and to make rolling out new services much faster.

Cisco will improve application security, compliance, auditing and mobility by using ACI's centralized, programmable security policy to enable granular control and isolation at scale, making it an option for both private and public cloud environments.

Extending Cisco Cloud Leadership
Cisco Cloud Services expands on Cisco's cloud portfolio, which already includes SaaS offerings, such as WebEx, Meraki and Cisco Cloud Web Security; differentiated cloud services, such as hosted collaboration and cloud DVR; and technologies and services to build public and private clouds, such as the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), integrated infrastructure solutions such as VCE Vblock Systems and NetApp FlexPod, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Go-to-Market Strategy
The Cisco Powered program is expanding to include Cisco Cloud Services, and these new services will be sold through channel partners and directly to end customers. Partners who develop Cisco Powered services benefit by offering more cloud services faster, with lower up-front development costs, and operating at cloud speed and scale.

Cisco Cloud Services Offers

  • PaaS / IaaS  –  virtual compute, storage, and networking with world-class economics
  • Cisco Cloud Services powered by SAP HANA – the popular in-memory platform optimized for Cisco Unified Compute System (UCS)
  • Collaboration  --  Cisco WebEx® suite of collaboration applications and services
  • Security  – Cisco Scansafe managed threat defense
  • Network Infrastructure Management – Cisco Meraki (cloud managed networks)
  • Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service - desktop virtualization solutions from Cisco, VMware and Citrix
  • Partner-branded Cisco Hosted Collaboration Services
  • Cisco Videoscape Cloud DVR  – scalable cloud resources for content ingest, recording and playout
  • Cisco Virtualized Mobile Internet – a premium data delivery service
  • Virtualized Managed Services – cloud-based virtual services for faster provisioning and service agility (e.g., vFW, vPE and vCPE)
  • Remote Management Services (RMS) – remote management of IT operations enabled by Cisco Smart Services
  • Compliance and Configuration Management Services (CMCS) – automated management of Compliance and Configuration ITIL processes
  • IT Service Management Services (ServiceGrid) – cloud-based management of the IT Service Management function
  • Energy Management Services (Energywise) – automated management of electricity usage for the entire IT network
  • Collaboration as a Service (CaaS) – voice and contact center as a service

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