While 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac, in IT 2012 will be the year of the cloud. And not just one big cloud, but many clouds.
This world of many clouds means numerous opportunities for Cisco partners to offer customers, whether it’s building clouds, selling cloud services, or designing and implementing cloud-ready networks.
To help ensure partners have a successful Year of the Cloud, today Cisco is announcing a set of cloud capabilities called CloudVerse to help partners build public, private, and hybrid clouds for customers — bringing together the intelligence of the network, the power of the data center, and the flexibility of cloud applications.
Here’s just one example of a unique offering: Cisco partner Logicalis built a customized hosted cloud solution for its clients. Watch this video to find out how they did it. Keep reading to learn about new CloudVerse services and technologies.
There’s no arguing that cloud usage is on the rise. By the year 2015, 50% of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructures via the cloud. And global cloud traffic will increase 12 times to 1.6 zettabytes per year – that is the equivalent of more than four days of business class video for every person on the planet.
Despite this meteoric increase in cloud usage, it’s still common for customers to tiptoe into the realm of cloud or shun it altogether, citing lack of cloud talent, concerns around overall user experience, security risks, and cost as major inhibitors to cloud deployment. That’s where Cisco and our partners come together to provide deep expertise in strategy, planning, design, implementation, and optimization.
What are the specific new technologies and services in CloudVerse?
Glad you asked! CloudVerse is a set of capabilities that uniquely combines cloud business applications and services with the Unified Data Center and cloud intelligent network. Several new technologies are being announced as part of CloudVerse.
Cisco Intelligent Automation for the Cloud delivers automated provisioning and management of data center resources for the delivery of IT services within and between data centers.
Cisco Network Services Manager automatically creates, deploys, and modifies virtual networking resources.
Cloud-to-Cloud Connect uses the Cisco ASR 1000 Series and ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to enable dynamic resource identification, allocation, and optimization between data centers and clouds.
Cisco Hosted Collaboration Services enhance customers’ ability to extend cloud applications via private clouds to mobile devices, with extended enterprise and contact center unified communications capabilities.
New Cloud Adoption Services help customers in the adoption of Cloud with all three pieces of the Cloud puzzle: Cloud-based collaboration services, Unified Data Center infrastructure, and Cloud Intelligent Network.
Join the Cloud Partner Program
As you evaluate how to evolve your business to take advantage of cloud opportunities, Cisco is here to help with the Cloud Partner Program and three different tracks—Cloud Builder, Cloud Provider, and Cloud Services Reseller. These tracks are all designed to help Cisco partners accelerate a cloud professional services practice and enable you to successfully go to market selling cloud services offerings. Learn more about how to sign up.
Cisco’s true value is not just in what we make, but in what we make possible, together with our partners. Through the CloudVerse set of capabilities, we are enabling our valued customers to reach for the stars with cloud computing.
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Cloud resources for partners:
- CloudVerse program details, how-to-sell, products and solutions, and customer overview
- Cloud Partner Program find out how to extend your cloud professional services practice
- Cisco’s First Cloud Index data center and cloud trends, helpful materials to market to customers