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John Chambers and Rob Lloyd Talk Cloud Strategy and Partners

- March 25, 2011 - 3 Comments

It’s Friday now (in much of the world) and while we may not have a catchy tune to go with this blog post, we do have a catchy video for you to watch before you head off to enjoy the weekend. So pull up a chair and watch the latest from the TalkinCloud site.

The video captures Cisco CEO John Chambers and Cisco Executive VP Rob Lloyd talking frankly about Cisco’s cloud computing strategy and Cloud Partner Program.

Though the Channels blog captured quite a few video moments at Partner Summit, this press conference escaped our cameras so we’re happy to see this video emerge.

What did John and Rob cover in the video?

John kicked things off talking about the day Padmasree Warrior joined Cisco as CTO and was tasked with getting the company up speed on cloud strategy. Things have changed quite a bit in those two years!

How do we bring our partners along for the journey?

“Putting eight servers in a room and calling that a cloud is not a cloud,” Rob says. “A cloud is a very large-scale, extensible and elastic structure that will scale to a very large level with massive billing and individual billing capabilities.”

WIth the announcement of Cisco’s Cloud Partner Program at Partner Summit, the three designations — Cloud Builder, Cloud Provider, and Cloud Services Reseller — will empower partners to monetize the cloud opportunity, and provide the flexibility to choose a cloud role (or roles).

Cloud Builders will be largest market and area of focus for partners, Rob notes in the video. These partners will take data center and collaboration architecture to help customers build private clouds.

To find out more about Cisco’s plans for partners with Cloud, read the Partner Opportunities in Cloud Computing with Cisco positioning paper on Partner Central.

Where do you think cloud is headed?


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  1. ...scaling up the cloud service is "simples", flexing the sevice down is a little more challenging, especially for startup cloud providers grappling with their cost models !!!

  2. To JT - too much nvc

  3. cloud computing in my opinions ,is the future of the IT infrastructure.small and medium sized computing are becoming more sophisticated and easier to program a secure cloud with all the necessary applications that run your day to day business process.with par per use methods of transcations.these smaller companies can cut costs by paying for only the data they use.AMAZON IBM and microsoft for example give SaaS a platform to work off of.Building my own cloud using microsoft windows Aure was quite easy andf inexpensive while being able to run applications securely on the cloud.the reason i think cloud computing is geared more towards smaller rganisation is because they have less funding because lets face it.the overall costs of runing an IT department can be astronomical and you might not have the talent to run an effective infrastructure. sorry for the rant but iam very exciterd about where cloud computing is heading in the future.Thanks