It’s that time of year again when we all gather for Cisco Live US to share the latest and greatest in the world of IT and networking. This year the event is being held in San Diego, and there are 17,000 in-person attendees—a new record! One of my favorite things about Cisco Live is that I have a chance to interact one-on-one with customers, partners, and analysts. When I do, the topic of the cloud invariably is on their minds.
Of course many already know about the Cisco CloudVerse strategy and solution set, which is based on the Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services, all of which are supported by Cisco and partner professional services. What they might not know about, however, are all of the advancements Cisco has made to make cloud networks truly intelligent since last December when we originally announced CloudVerse.
Yesterday here at Cisco Live, we announced Cisco Cloud Connected Solution as the latest innovation in the Cloud Intelligent Network. This solution adds a host of capabilities to your already existing network infrastructure, allowing you to take full advantage of cloud computing. A number of new capabilities were introduced, but my personal favorites are the Cloud Connectors and the new Cisco Cloud Services Router. The Cisco Cloud Service Router, or CSR, is a virtual router that enables customers to extend their virtual private networks (VPNs) into the cloud—a major step forward in enabling hybrid cloud.
The Cloud Connectors are new software features embedded in Cisco’s ISR G2 router designed to improve cloud services, whether that means improved performance, security, or availability. The real value is the connectors’ open architecture, which will enable service providers and partners to develop third-party Cloud Connectors. This will allow for more persistence in cloud connectivity, meaning that Cloud Intelligent Networks will become even more valuable in the delivery of cloud applications and services.
All of this new information has left many of our customers here at Cisco Live with a timely question, “Is my network truly ready for the cloud?”