Cisco Intercloud makes Strides Leading up to Partner Summit 2015
Welcome back from the holidays and welcome to 2015! I trust you’ve all settled back into your work routines after enjoying some much-earned time off with friends and family. Temperatures across the U.S. continue to drop, but things in our world are heating up as we kick off the New Year. In fact, Cisco Partner Summit 2015 will be here before you know it.
The end of April is just a little more than three months out and we can’t wait to see some of you in Montreal this year. Speaking of Partner Summit, it was at last year’s event where we launched what I wanted to touch on today.
I promise I’ll keep this one short, but since launching Cisco Intercloud in Las Vegas last year, we really have accomplished a great deal, and I want to be sure that you, as a member of The Cisco Partner Ecosystem, are not missing out on any opportunities. Hhere is a little recap on Cisco Intercloud from Partner Summit 2014 until now.
Cisco Intercloud Launch
In Las Vegas, NV last March, Rob Lloyd announced that Cisco would invest $1 billion during the next two years to build its expanded cloud business. Also, he asserted that Cisco Partners would provide incremental capabilities and investments to further Cisco’s Global Intercloud.
Built on Cisco cloud technologies and leveraging OpenStack for its open standards, the Cisco Global Intercloud was announced as the world’s first truly open, hybrid cloud.
So since Robb kicked Cisco Intercloud off for us last March, what has happened? Well here is a small sample of updates on the Partner Blog you might have missed along the way:
- After moving to the Cloud and Managed Services Partner Organization, Edison Peres laid out the initial partnering strategy in May.
- Rob continued the Intercloud momentum in September when announcing the addition of more than 30 new Intercloud partners for Cisco.
- Jim Duffy of Network World has been following the Cisco Intercloud news throughout the year and he reviewed the announcement of new partners, plus an additional $1 billion in financing from Cisco Capital.
- Back in December, Edison blogged about monetizing Intercloud by helping customers create hybrid IT.
- Jim Duffy continued his coverage shortly thereafter with his article “The Sky’s the limit for Cisco Intercloud”.
Those are just five quick highlights from this past year, but they do capture just how far Cisco Intercloud has come since March of last year. However, if you really want to get a detailed look at the work done in Intercloud in 2014, I welcome you to check out all of our Intercloud blogs. There’s so much information that can help you, please don’t miss out.
Cisco continues to grow Intercloud and we know we don’t win in that space without our partners. While we saw some early, external sentiment that Cisco was hesitant to get involved in cloud due to it being disruptive to partners, we know that Cisco Intercloud provides a strong partner play. We also know from our history of working with you that our partners will make Intercloud a success because you focus on the needs of your customers and Cisco Intercloud allows you to provide a lot of ways for formerly hesitant customers to dive into the cloud.
With 45 partners already on board for Intercloud, we expect to see more than 1000 partners onboard with us by 2018, according to Rob. As you can see, there is no better time to be part of The Cisco Partner Ecosystem.
I’d love to know what you still need to see from Cisco. From my point of view, I want to be able to help with all of the marketing demands that you’ll face in this brave new world as The Cisco Partner Ecosystem continues to power the growth of Cisco Intercloud.
We are fast approaching Partner Summit 2015 and Marketing Velocity 2015. Again, I am looking forward to seeing some of you in person and for those of you not joining us in Montreal this year, I urge to take advantage of our virtual event. (We will have more information on Virtual Partner Summit available for you soon.) In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on the steps Cisco has made with Intercloud in the past 9 months.
I am particularly interested in our thoughts on marketing and whether or not you feel you have all the support you need from us in that area. As always, let me know via the comments section below and let’s make this a productive conversation.