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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 19, 2015

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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

Richard McLeod posted this week to update us all on the Tropo acquisition.

Tropo makes it easy to add voice and text messages to applications and Richard takes the time in his blog to show how Tropo fits into the Cisco collaboration strategy. Be sure to check out his blog and give us your feedback.

NEW Red Hat OpenStack on UCS (UCSO) Campaign

Cisco UCS, combined with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHEL OSP), accelerates cloud deployments, while retaining control and choice over your environment through an open and interoperable cloud solution.

This is a partner-led, partner-to customer model. And to support that, we’ve created all the materials you need to host a live or virtual event, as well as additional supporting materials on the solution.  Start now!

Upgraded Partner Tools Make it Easier to Deliver to Your Customers

Based on specific feedback around the partner experience and your distinct needs, we’ve rolled out improved and upgraded partner tools.

Curtis Hill and Jennifer Petty walk us through these important enhancements in their recent blog post here.

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OSpod #32: Carol Barrett

Last week our featured guest was Carol Barrett, who not only works in data center planning at Intel, but is also a leader in the OpenStack Community. She’s deeply involved in the Product Working Group, the Enterprise Working Group, and the Women of OpenStack, which means she’s got a lot of insider knowledge about what is going on at this moment with OpenStack, and what’s going to be happening down the road. If you missed the live podcast, check out the recording to hear Carol’s thoughts on:

  • How being a woman is her competitive advantage in the tech world
  • How the OpenStack Product Working Group is speeding innovation
  • Who the “hidden influencers” are and why it’s important to get them out into the open
  • What the Enterprise Working Group is trying to achieve
  • Why enterprises are so tight-lipped about their use of OpenStack
  • Why Intel is so involved with OpenStack

Have a show idea? Tweet Jeff and Niki at @openstackpod

See past episodes, subscribe, or view the upcoming schedule on the OSPod website.

To see the full transcript of this interview, click “Read more” below.

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Intercloud Fabric: Simplifying the Hybrid Cloud

So. Much. Data.

Every hour 300,000 new things connect to the Internet. That’s more than 50 million things a week. And by 2020, we estimate that 50 billion things and five billion people will be connected.  These are staggering numbers. And they speak to the rate of change that’s happening in IT and business. Now companies are trying to figure out how to use cloud to navigate the massive amount of data that comes from all these connections.

From private to hybrid

We’ve designed Cisco Intercloud Fabric as a native cloud application that enables businesses to securely extend their private cloud and all its process and policies into the public cloud.  With Intercloud Fabric, our customers have the ability to control this cloud environment through a single pane of glass, moving workloads across and between clouds, all with consistent networking and security policies. We’ve totally simplified the environment between private and public cloud, which allows customers to choose the right cloud for their business requirements, regardless of underlying technologies like hypervisors.

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Piston Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has fundamentally altered the IT landscape: dramatically boosting IT agility, while lowering costs. To realize the business advantages of cloud, organizations are shifting to a hybrid IT model—blending private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications.

To help customers maintain control and compliance in this hyper-connected, hyper-distributed IT environment, Cisco and its partners are building the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds. Today, Cisco is taking another important step towards realizing our ambitious Intercloud vision. We are pleased to announce our intent to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services.

Paired with our recent acquisition of Metacloud, Piston’s distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent will further enhance our capabilities around cloud automation, availability, and scale. The acquisition of Piston will complement our Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud. Additionally, Piston’s deep knowledge of distributed systems and automated deployment will help further enhance our delivery capabilities for customers and partners.

To bring the world of standalone clouds together, Cisco and our partners are building the Intercloud. The Intercloud is designed to deliver secure cloud services everywhere in the world. Our enterprise-class portfolio of technology and cloud services gives customers the choice to build their own private clouds or consume cloud services from a trusted Intercloud Provider. The Intercloud provides choice of services, all with compliance and control. In a nutshell: we’re delivering cloud the way our customers need it.

Piston will join our Cloud Services team under the leadership of Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services Organization.

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What’s the 411 on OpenStack based Summit Collaboration in Vancouver?

Last week, I was prepping for the 11th OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, when I suddenly had a question pop up. How on earth would I, much less over a hundred of us, from Cisco communicate at an international destination in an easy and organized way?

Some group ideas were:

  • Temporary international data plans for $30
  • For the thrifty, call forwarding via Wi-Fi to messaging clients such as Cisco Jabber
  • Email

Maybe.

Even just organizing using one of these methods would be fragmented and painful. Ironically, an OpenStack based solution called Cisco Spark  comes into play here much more nicely. It allows to more easily organize and communicate with each other at events like the OpenStack Summit.

Cisco Spark: Built and Hosted on OpenStack

Did you know that WebEx is the 3rd largest cloud SaaS solution in the world? Or that it has been operating on OpenStack for over three years? Additionally, the new Cisco Spark solution for team collaboration was developed on and is hosted on an OpenStack cloud to our customers.  As someone who hates the inefficiency of email bombardment, this sleek new collaboration solution is ideal for teams to organize around projects.

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