Public Sector IT organisations are weary of vendor lock-in. And rightfully so: it is hard to buy cloud services from any supplier you choose and then freely manage these services as if they were part of your own extended private cloud. Main reason: lack of ability to connect different clouds: private, partner, public, etc. Luckily, this barrier is vanishing…
Thirty years ago, Cisco pioneered a strategy to connect previously isolated, heterogeneous networks, which lead to the rise of the Internet as we know it. Now, Cisco is embarking on a journey just as ambitious: the connection of multiple isolated clouds, leading to the creation of the Intercloud: an interconnected cloud of clouds.
The Intercloud relies on a five key principles and technologies, summarised below:
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Tags: cloud, data sovereignty, devops, govcloud, government, InterCloud, transparency
Cloud infrastructure is useless without applications running atop, providing business services and solving customer needs. So, as applications ascend to the throne as the rightful king of cloud, focus sharpens on their support within OpenStack-based Cisco Intercloud. With this focus, let’s walk through a survey of components and projects supporting applications in OpenStack, understanding what a day in the life of an application in OpenStack is like. We’ll start with an overview of the application ecosystem comprised of a number of supporting projects. In the ecosystem overview below, relevant OpenStack projects are presented in context of existing, similar technologies with which you may be familiar. These similar technologies both under and overlap functionality of the respective OpenStack project, but are shown to hasten your general understanding of which bucket these projects fall into by way of tech you may already know (so, add a pinch of salt when considering relevancy of suggested affiliated technologies). Read More »
Tags: cisco intercloud, InterCloud, OpenStack
Cisco is committed to leading the industry in bringing innovation and value to its customers through the cloud. ThroughCisco Powered, Cisco has driven high standards for cloud services, making enterprise-class performance and reliability the baseline across the industry. With the recent announcement of over 30 Intercloud partners, Cisco is putting a whole new face on what cloud means.
The Intercloud is a movement that brings together the world of many clouds. It does so in a way that meets the evolving needs of today’s organizations. Rather than being restricted to a single, potentially proprietary cloud, Cisco envisions the Intercloud as a global resource for businesses to connect their operations locally and globally.
With the Intercloud, Cisco and its partners offer high-value benefits beyond those available with commodity-class services:
Workload mobility: Organizations will be able to seamlessly move workloads between clouds. This creates a truly hybrid cloud environment, where an organization can move workloads from its private cloud to a public cloud. With a Cisco Intercloud Provider, workloads can be moved between different public cloud providers as well.
Data sovereignty: Global organizations need to meet global requirements. The flexibility of the Intercloud enables these organizations to locate workloads in region-specific data centers. This enables companies to meet the security and compliance requirements of local governments without compromising performance, reliability, or flexibility.
Partner ecosystem: Cisco’s cloud strategy is to provide the infrastructure, solutions, and services that deliver the value of cloud to organizations. By working with partners at all levels – providers, builders, aggregators, technology partners, resellers, and independent software vendors (ISV) – the Cisco ecosystem offers unified solutions across a wide range of technologies and applications.
Cisco and its partners are working together to enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds. In this first phase, the 30+ Intercloud partners offer a combined global reach of 250 new data centers in 50 countries. To drive the success of its Intercloud initiative, Cisco has also introduced hybrid cloud bundles and Cisco Intercloud Fabric. And, to leave no doubt to its level of engagement, Cisco has committed $1 billion in cloud financing.
Read about the 30+ partners joining Cisco to build out the Intercloud.
You can also learn more about how Cisco Powered and the Intercloud can transform your business.
Tags: cloud, data sovereignty, InterCloud, partners, xander Uyleman
What happens when the market leader in cloud infrastructure partners with an open source expert? We witness a very unique opportunity for disruption.
Recently, Cisco and Red Hat announced an integrated infrastructure for OpenStack-based cloud deployments. OpenStack is a collaborationf developers and cloud computing technologists aimed at creating new, scalable solutions. This partnership will target enterprise and mid-market customers by streamlining deployment and operation of OpenStack-based private clouds while providing access to the InterCloud. The integrated infrastructure will combine Cisco Unified Computing (UCS), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
Together, Cisco and Red Hat will deliver a set of InterCloud-ready solutions designed to bring OpenStack to enterprise and service provider customers. By combining complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat are in the position to capitalize on this disruption and strengthen their positions as market leaders. Read More »
Tags: CiscoCloud, cloud, Hybrid Cloud, InterCloud, OpenStack
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
My friend and colleague Lindy Bartell, was in Orlando Florida this week for the XChange event, Best of Breed (BoB) Conference. She gave us some insight on the first couple of days of the event in her blog this week. Of course at some point she had to make her way home to Oregon, so we’re filling in the rest of BoB coverage in the Weekly Rewind.
As Lindy mentioned, Steve Benvenuto, Senior Director of Cisco Channel Partner Programs, gave a presentation on how partners can enable the Internet of Everything (IoE). Steve also met with Kristen Bent of CRN and talked about forging alliances with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) who are developing apps for specific lines of business, and how those line of business apps, or vertical market apps are critical to winning in IoE.
Kristen’s article, Cisco: ISV Partnerships A Must to Seize Massive Internet of Everything Opportunity, is now available on the BoB site. It is a must read if you are interested in learning more about how partners and ISVs can drive IoE solutions.
J.P. Bernstein presenting at BoB
Finally, HP’s Meg Whitman kicked off the Wednesday with a Q&A session. Lindy, however, was most excited to tell me about hearing JB Bernstein’s story , the final speaker of the event. He’s the author behind the book and movie “Million Dollar Arm.” She said he was incredibly personal, authentic and his story of creativity, resilience, and perseverance is relevant to us all.
It was an informative and exciting week for Lindy in Orlando. Feel free to let me know if there is any additional information you need from this year’s BoB event via the comments section. I’ll be sure Lindy or I get you what you need! Read More »
Tags: #bob14, best of breed, BoB Conference, branch networking, Cisco, InterCloud, Internet of Everything, IoE, partner, Steve Benvenuto, VIP 24, Weekly Rewind