Cisco Systems has earmarked $1 billion to expand its cloud strategy over the next two years, linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers worldwide with more than 30 new Intercloud partners, the company announced today.
The move, part of the company’s Intercloud strategy, brings together partners such as Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, NTT DATA and Equinix with more than 250 data centers across 50 countries to the Intercloud.
Cisco has also expanded partnerships with Tech Data, Comstor and Ingram Micro — companies that will become aggregators of Intercloud services. It also introduced new technologies and services to aid enterprises, service providers and partners join, use and monetize the Intercloud.
Cisco president of development and sales Rob Lloyd said today’s announcement goes a long way toward solving the challenges faced by IT departments and cloud service providers wishing to use the cloud.
“The lack of ability to connect public clouds, and to move workloads and associated policies between clouds, coupled with an inability to manage public and private clouds together as a single capability, prevents IT organizations from buying cloud services from any vendor they choose and managing these services as if they were part of their extended private cloud,” he said.
“IT departments also need to enable business globally while operating within the constraints of national and regional regulations governing data privacy, security and data sovereignty. Today’s largely global (but not local) cloud solutions don’t provide this either. And, customers want the ability to buy cloud and managed services wherever they do business, anywhere in the world, from a trusted service provider. However, the exorbitant cost to scale services across continents presents a massive obstacle in globalizing services.”
Cisco in March began implementing its plan to make cloud technology usable to all by putting in place integrated infrastructure partnerships with VCE, NetApp, and Red Hat, and a broad data center partnership with Microsoft, to aid IT departments in getting their data centers ready for the Intercloud.
The firm also debuted a technology called Cisco Intercloud Fabric that fashions a link between public and private clouds, enabling hybrid cloud management. It also launched Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.
“As we look ahead to the next 30 years at Cisco, we’ll look back on today as a milestone almost as significant as that day in 1984 when our founders helped two network islands talk to each other,” said Lloyd. “Perhaps more importantly, I think we’ll look back on today as the day we enabled customers to achieve the vision of hybrid IT and created the IT platform truly ready for the Internet of Everything.”