As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And there probably isn’t a better phrase to sum up our experience since Cisco acquired CliQr and we became the Cisco CloudCenter team just one short year ago.
A Quick Look Back
Time has moved quickly—and so have we. While many acquisitions kick-off with a slow-pace transition period, we were aggressive and were added to the Cisco Price List in just four short weeks—what we’re told was in record time. We also launched two important new product releases, CloudCenter 4.7, with a deeper Cisco ACI integration and simplified networking; and earlier this month, CloudCenter 4.8, delivering support for brownfield workloads ingested into CloudCenter management – a really important add. Together, these releases deliver on our promise of being able to put the right workload in the right place at the right time.
It’s Not Just About Product
The former CliQr team and Cisco worked hard to enable the field force and global partners to be able to sell, deploy and support CloudCenter. Cisco CloudCenter has experienced more customer wins from around the globe and across every industry, from government and manufacturing to healthcare and insurance, demonstrating impressive business growth along with the satisfaction of seeing customers capitalizing on the real power of cloud computing.
While it hasn’t always been easy—especially in the early days of the cloud—we always held to our convictions of how the cloud delivers value and what is needed to manage what we knew would ultimately be hybrid cloud environments.
We couldn’t have done this without an amazing team and we’re proud that the industry has taken notice as well. Over the years, CliQr and its CloudCenter solution has been recognized by Gartner as Cool Vendor of the Year for Cloud Management, received Best of Show in the Cloud Platform category at Interop Tokyo, and won the Software and Information Industry Association CODiE Awards in the Best Cloud Management category.
Recognition like this means more to us than a trophy in our case. Rather, it is an indicator of our passion for making the cloud, in all of its forms, the new way for businesses to exploit and optimize the use of information technology to run their operations and compete.
It’s Only Going to Get Better
As you can see, it’s been an amazing 365 days and we can’t thank our customers, partners, and employees enough for making this a tremendous first year at Cisco. We’re proud of where we’ve been—and the fun is just getting started. The cloud is at an exciting inflection point where it is both relatively new and being broadly adopted by businesses—all at the same time. This combination proves that the pace will increase, while still incurring a lot of change. It’s in this environment that we can help businesses the most.
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