We are living in the digital age and the effect it is having on the way we work and live are continuing to grow. IT professionals have never felt as much pressure to help their organization to move with speed and agility than today.  In response, large number of organizations are implementing private cloud.  But with the broad range of cloud platforms, along with the explosion of new infrastructure and application services, private cloud management is no longer sufficient.

Developers and business leaders want to build new software across a wide range of cloud platforms. But how do you source and manage all these ecosystems without placing your company, reputation or even your job at risk?   If you feel like you are scrambling, you are not alone.   Hence the rise of hybrid cloud.

Let’s begin by defining what hybrid cloud is not.  Per industry analyst Forrester, “hybrid cloud is not a type of cloud platform that is distinct from private or public cloud platforms.  Hybrid cloud helps you build things that can run and be managed on the multiple clouds that your organization uses.”

Are you trying to manage hybrid resources?   Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are workloads moved from private to public environments?
  • Do you develop a web or mobile application in one cloud platform but run it in a different cloud?
  • Do your developers want to use multiple public platforms for their projects?

If you answered yes to any of these, your organization is in need of a hybrid approach to cloud management.

Cisco understands this trend.  The combination of Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite and CliQr deliver hybrid cloud capabilities allowing IT professionals to manage multiple cloud platforms as well as the application and infrastructure workloads residing on them.

Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite enables your organization to deliver infrastructure within minutes across heterogeneous hardware solutions.  Granular micro segmentation sanctions multiple security layers to ensure only authorized access by customers to applications or tenants — perfect for financial workloads.  The self-service portal empowers developers, line of business and IT professionals to request services with built-in guardrails, which work behind the scenes, providing operational control.

The addition of Cisco CloudCenter (formerly CliQr CloudCenter) significantly enhances the hybrid cloud management capabilities of Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite.   CloudCenter’s application-defined technology allows developers to define application and infrastructure in a single profile that can be deployed across any data center as well as private or public cloud. Developers model the application once to a single profile rather than writing the profile for each platform and then fitting that profile into preconfigured infrastructure blueprints or templates.

Cisco allows you to deliver deeper and broader automation than what you may have currently implemented.  Delight your customers with self-service deployment of applications and infrastructure across a diverse range of data centers, private and public clouds to achieve true hybrid cloud management.


Joann Starke

No Longer with Cisco