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A New Type of Networking: Cisco Powered Cloud Partnerships

It’s time to face the facts. Unlike fashion trends, which come and go at a rate nearly impossible to keep up with, cloud computing is sticking around—for good.

Cloud is no longer considered a possible solution for your infrastructure needs; it’s a necessity. More companies are transitioning to a cloud platform for improved cash flow, higher efficiency, and an environment that supports growing business demands. You’ll just need to keep up.

Consider your workloads functioning similar to the Internet. Just as data is made accessible between systems, your workloads would move seamlessly and securely between clouds, giving you the flexibility to work from anywhere and the capability to expand your data center. Utilizing our large network of partners, we are able to make this a reality. We call it Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds.

Making decisions around—and the actual transition to—the cloud can be intimidating, to say the least. We certainly don’t expect you to have to take it on alone. Cisco Powered partners are industry-leading cloud providers that, together, create a team of professional, trusted companies who can help you from initial planning stages, through implementation, and onward with continued management. Our unique partnerships make opportunities readily available to you that are tailored to your specific needs.

Read more about our partnerships, the Intercloud, and other Cisco cloud services in our newly released edition of Unleashing IT. You’ll find proof of the solidity of cloud, and why it’s putting companies much like yours at an advantage.

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#CiscoChat: Discover Intercloud with Peak 10 and Cisco

There are numerous reasons organizations look to extend their data centers. More dynamic and flexible computing needs and increasing storage capabilities are just a couple. And while this can sometimes prove a challenge for organizations, our Intercloud solution has given customers the freedom to expand their data centers, without compromising security, established user policies or workload control.

To understand how Intercloud provides all of these benefits, understanding exactly what Intercloud is (and what makes it up) is key.

Intercloud is the only globally connected network of clouds capable of delivering secure cloud applications and infrastructure anywhere in the world. Most importantly, Intercloud provides the critical “Three Cs” that CXOs and CIOs desire when looking to expand their cloud offerings and capabilities:

  • Choice– CXOs and CIOs can choose cloud based on how they want it and desire to integrate it.
  • Compliance– Intercloud’s flexibility makes it easy to comply, locally and globally.
  • Control– Intercloud can be monitored and controlled across every service, from every location.

Recently, Cisco partner Peak 10 achieved the Cisco Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. With this designation, Peak 10 is poised to play three pivotal roles within Intercloud. During our next #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST, we’ll explore Intercloud, the three strategic elements that make it up and dive deeper into the three roles Peak 10 will play in Intercloud.


Guided by Cisco’s @CiscoPowered moderator channel, Peak 10’s Director of Strategic Alliances Reggie Harris and Cisco’s Business Development Manager Kunjal Trivedi will field questions and offer insight into Peak 10’s and Cisco’s partnership.

At this year’s CLUS event, Peak 10’s live, real-world use case demonstration with Intercloud was one of the gathering’s most buzz-generating experiences. Presenting “Are Hybrid IT Solutions in Your Future,” Peak 10, a recent recipient of the Cisco partner award for Cloud Provider of the Year: US, demonstrated when and why organizations should consider hybrid IT solutions.

Peak 10’s development of an enterprise-class application, aided by Cisco’s hybrid cloud embedded within the Intercloud fabric, gives organizations increased ability to combine workloads across their chosen public or private clouds.

Be sure to join us on the upcoming #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more about Intercloud and to see how Peak 10 solutions add to its offerings.

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Guest blog: DBaaS, Coming to an Intercloud Near You

Today’s guest blog comes to us courtesy of Tesora CEO, Ken Rugg.


The Cisco Intercloud is a pretty amazing demonstration of the power of OpenStack. It will have incredible worldwide reach with 350 data centers across 50 countries. Unlike Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, however, Cisco isn’t building all the data centers itself. Instead it is relying on its telecommunications service provider partners to provide most of that capacity with companies like Telefonica in Spain, Deutsche Telecom in Germany and Telstra in Australia.

Of course, as powerful as this kind of open cloud may be, it’s only going to be as successful as the applications and services that are built on top of it. This is another area where Cisco is pushing to become a leader, starting with a stable of 35 independent software vendors in areas such as big data, Internet of Things, and software development environments.

One important core Intercloud service will be Database as a Service (DBaaS). In this area, they will be deploying the core OpenStack Trove service to provide database capacity on-demand for many popular databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Cassandra.

If you’d like to learn more about how this service is being implemented and delivered, you should mark your calendar for OpenStack Trove Day, being held on August 25th in San Jose, CA. Dave Lively, Director Product Management for Cisco Cloud will present how Cisco is working with Tesora to deliver DBaaS to Intercloud customers as a native service.

The event is free and you can register here.

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Intercloud Fabric – TechWiseTV and 15 minutes (or less) of Fame

TechWiseTV Episode 174

Talking Intercloud Fabric on TechWiseTV

In middle school in the late 70s I took a test that was supposed to indicate my future career. The suggested careers were given a probability ranking. The top two results, by far were Entertainer at number 1 and Scientist at number 2, with the difference in probability between them almost imperceptible. Every other career was so less probable they barely registered.

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Intercloud Fabric: Unleashing Hybrid Cloud

John McDonough talks Intercloud Fabric on TechWiseTV

John McDonough talks Intercloud Fabric on TechWiseTV

TechWiseTV Episode 174 featuring Cisco Intercloud Fabric, part of the Enterprise Cloud Suite with guest John McDonough, @johnamcdonough

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Related Episode 171: Cloud Agility for automation in the private cloud featuring Cisco Prime Service Catalog, Stack Designer.  Short on time but curios?  Watch the Short Promo of 171.

The Intercloud Fabric offers an answer for every enterprise that recognizes hybrid cloud is the goal, yet still faces the inevitable ‘how to’ questions.

The proverbial ‘how do I have my cake and eat it too.”

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