The Future of Cloud, Part 1: Six Cloud Providers and Their Vision
This year’s Cisco Live! was tremendous, with 25,000 attendees on-site and another 200,000 attending virtually. There was a lot of excitement around all things cloud, from how the Internet of Everything will change the way we live, to the role of the Intercloud in forming a seamless fabric between the world of many clouds.
During the show, I spent time with six of our partners who offer Cisco Powered cloud and managed services. In this series of blogs, I’ll introduce you to each of them and what they shared with me about the future of cloud. Each of them had a different perspective, but all of them agreed: the cloud represents an incredible opportunity for businesses around the world.
Here are some of the highlights I’ll share in upcoming blogs:
Part 2: Chris Kemmerer, Director, Mobility Solutions, Verizon, shared that part of Verizon’s mission is to bring together the pieces needed to unlock the value of the Internet of Everything for their customers. “The Internet of Everything has deep meaning to us as everything becomes connected, whether it’s business to business, people to people, people to machines, or machines to machines. When you have all these things exchanging data, you can improve the way enterprises interact with each other, how consumers interact with enterprises, by leveraging all that connectivity.” He also shared how Verizon adds value to cloud services by layering applications on the underlying architecture.
Part 3: The importance of transparency in the high performance cloud was described by Dusten Tornow, Director of Infrastructure Products, from OneNeck IT Solutions. “When we decided to build out our cloud infrastructure, we knew that we wanted to align with enterprise vendors like Cisco because their technologies resonate with our customers as being high performance. They recognize that if they were to go out and build their own cloud, it would likely look and feel a lot like what we’ve built. Being able to be transparent with what our equipment is made out of and built upon is a huge advantage for us.”
Part 4: Derek Siler, Director, Solution Engineering – Channel Sales, Sungard Availability Services talked about how building a resilient cloud that can carry businesses into the future requires a resilient foundation. “We’re building our cloud future around Cisco and around enterprise-grade architectures. For us, Cisco is absolutely vital.”
Part 5: The value of integration to cloud services was another important topic at Cisco Live! For Chris Ludwig, SVP GTM Cloud and Hosted Solutions from NWN Corporation, applications integrated with on-premises equipment still have to work when migrated to cloud. “That was something we did a lot of research on, to make sure that all of the third party companies that we work with on-premises are going to work in the cloud. We certainly look to Cisco for guidance. It’s very helpful knowing that if they’re part of the ecosystem, we know that they are going to be a good partner.”
Part 6: Steve Harris, Senior Vice President, National Alliances at Peak 10, echoed the value of a partner ecosystem. “Today it takes an ecosystem to deliver the business outcome that clients are looking for. We’ve gone beyond the point where clients are just interested in the technology. They want the technology to provide a business outcome for them. Being able to provide that seamless solution with the Cisco ecosystem of partners is incredibly important.”
Part 7: Finally, I spoke with Andy Bird, Executive Director, Product Management and Development at eLoyalty, a TeleTech Company. He expressed his excitement about Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric. “Imagine trying to take your data from one cloud and move it to the next. It’s very difficult to do, because when you look at clouds, you end up getting hooked into them, just like if you were to buy premise gear. What Cisco has been starting to enable to happen is the idea of creating a fabric between the clouds that allows me to migrate data. When somebody gets on my platform, they have the ability to go and leverage Cisco in other places. So they have a different level of confidence.”