Today, Cisco takes another important step towards realizing our plans to create the world’s largest global Intercloud – a worldwide network of interconnected clouds and cloud service providers.
Our intent to acquire Metacloud, an OpenStack-based private cloud-as-a-service company, advances our strategy and delivers value to customers—right now. Metacloud provides IT teams with another way to accelerate their journey to the cloud and to gain an on-ramp to the Intercloud. By catalyzing the creation of the Intercloud, Cisco can fundamentally transform how IT and cloud services are bought, sold, aggregated and consumed.
Cisco’s vision is for an OpenStack-based Intercloud that allows organizations and users to combine and move high-value workloads – including data and applications – across different public or private clouds as needed. Doing so easily and securely, while maintaining essential network and security policies as well as full compliance with local data sovereignty laws, is critical.
Metacloud deploys, operates and manages OpenStack-based production-ready private clouds in any customer data center. Together, Cisco and Metacloud will enable the creation of hybrid cloud environments that combine service provider public cloud deployments with remotely-managed OpenStack private clouds. Bottom line for customers: More agility for less money.
Our customers and partners see the value proposition clearly and have rallied around Cisco’s Intercloud vision and strategy over the last year. Many leading companies are working with us in the adoption of the Intercloud. Among them, key service providers and cloud providers, as well as important technology partners, including Dimension Data, Johnson Controls, NetApp, Red Hat, Sungard, Telstra, and VCE.
Metacloud will become a critical part of our Cloud Services portfolio under the leadership of Faiyaz Shahpurwala.
Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come!
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In an increasingly digital, mobile and connected world, organizations need new ways to maintain real-time contact with their employees, customers and partners. And mobile cloud will be a major force enabling these ubiquitous connections and reshaping the business landscape. The first post in this series, by Padmasree Warrior, explores how the convergence of mobility and cloud will deliver unprecedented transformation for all organizations. In the second post, Sujai Hajela answers the question, “What exactly is mobile cloud?” In this post, Joe Cozzolino looks at what mobile cloud means for service providers and enterprises.
Be sure to listen to a new Future of Mobility podcast featuring Cisco’s Joe Cozzolino and Sujai Hajela about the power of mobile cloud. Download or listen via iTunes.
The value of mobile cloud is embodied in our 21st century nomadic, hyper-mobile lives. We no longer think in terms of boundaries – between home and office, between laptop, smart phone and an ever-expanding array of devices. We have no patience for latency. Our offices are wherever we are at the moment we need to connect with a colleague or customer, and the device we use is whatever is at hand. Making that happen is no mean feat for mobile service providers.
Imagine having the power of your office in the palm of your hand no matter where you are. Your business applications, your files, directories and chat logs. Everything when you need it, where you need it. It won’t matter what device you’re using or what type of network you’re on. You will move seamlessly from 3G to 4G to WiFi.
So there you are at the airport, waiting for your flight and you get a call from an important customer. She wants to review the past month’s reports with you, share a file and bring in some colleagues via TelePresence. It has to be now, it has to be secure – and you have to board your plane.
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(This is part 7 of a 7-part series sharing insights from Cisco partners about the Future of Cloud.)
During CiscoLive!, I had the chance to talk with Andy Bird, Executive Director, Product Management and Development at eLoyalty, a Cisco partner for more than 15 years. “We’ve chosen to partner up with Cisco and have a Cisco Powered cloud that allows us to offer stable and scalable solutions. We’ve built a front end around them that offers the simplicity that customers expect from a cloud-based service.”
To verify that eLoyalty would be able to deliver on the promises of Cisco Powered services, they had to achieve certifications and pass a third-party audit. “It’s important that we’re enterprise-grade. That audit allowed us to get to that point.”
Bird described several of the complications involved in the integration of technology: multi-tenancy, permissions-based clouds, security, self-administration. “These things become a big deal,” he said. “Having Cisco on the back end enables us to not have to worry about the core.”
Bird also talked about the value of the Cisco Intercloud to eLoyalty. “There are a lot of disparate clouds out there. But 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.”
Cisco’s partner ecosystem also plays an important role to eLoyalty. “Even though I’ve got Cisco at the core, I still have all of these peripheral, secondary, tertiary applications to make seamless and ubiquitous. But I’m not going to build my own WFN and QM. I’m not going to develop my own CTI integration. I’m using that entire ecosystem that Cisco has paved the way for.
“My value is that I bring them all together.”
You can learn more about how providers are addressing the need for enterprise class services in the latest edition of Unleashing IT.
Tags: cisco intercloud, Cisco Powered, cloud, eLoyalty
Financial Services firms are being challenged and forced to change the way that their applications, information, content, compute, storage, and network resources are deployed and consumed. It is a multi-dimensional issue that is forcing financial services firms to change of how IT is delivered. They are beginning to look for ways to stretch their data centers, as they often need more compute and storage capacity than their own facilities provide, especially during those peak high-demand times. The move is toward the service delivery of IT through cloud computing, a dynamic and service-oriented delivery paradigm that organizes and allocates IT-enabled services to meet business demand as needed.
Challenges With Financial Services IT Delivery
Data centers are costly to build and operate, but there are times when you need more resources. Cisco’s InterCloud solution lets banks create a hybrid cloud to extend their data center and cloud capacity when needed. Through InterCloud, banks can store more data and have more computing power, operating just as if it were in an on-premises data center. InterCloud could also be used to augment current big data and risk/analytics environments that banks have deployed in recent years. In many cases, additional compute capacity is needed only for a short time in order to run certain risk models or to provide additional reporting for regulatory requirements. Read More »
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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.”
Next time: my interview with Chris Kemmerer at Verizon. Until then, you can read more about how providers are addressing the need for enterprise class services in the latest edition of Unleashing IT.
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