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January 31, 2014

Cisco Rolls Out Long Awaited InterCloud Hybrid Cloud Solution

Building on hype that began last month when talk of a hybrid cloud architecture codenamed “Cloud Fusion” first begin, Cisco (News - Alert) has formally announced a new hybrid infrastructure software solution. The company has rolled out the Cisco InterCloud offering, which supports hybrid clouds by enabling movement of workloads across public and private clouds.

The company has also made a number of additional enhancements to its cloud portfolio, designed to demonstrate their commitment to an open source, standards-based and partner-led cloud model. Cisco’s ongoing relationship with Red Hat (News - Alert) has been a key factor in the company’s new cloud strategy, and Cisco InterCloud is expected to interoperate with a number of cloud providers who are using Cisco Powered services, including BT, CSC (News - Alert)/ServiceMesh, CenturyLink Technology Solutions and Virtustream.

Enabling open movement of data and applications across a variety of cloud topologies gives customers massive amounts of flexibility while enabling them to maintain their associated network and security policies. The solution is geared toward cloud service providers and enterprises, and lets them set up an interoperable and secure hybrid cloud environment with built-in flexibility and portability.

“Today marks a key step in the evolution of cloud computing - cloud workload portability will deliver immense benefits to cloud providers and cloud customers, paving the way toward an open and highly secure cloud ecosystem that delivers greater levels of agility, transparency, and speed of deployment,” said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales for Cisco. “Now, as brokers of IT services, organizations can add value by dynamically combining, integrating, and tailoring the delivery of cloud services - whether public, private, or hybrid - to best meet their business needs.”

Cisco has been busy cementing partner relationships over the past couple of months, with a number of well-known companies receiving Cisco Master Cloud Builder and Cloud and Managed Services designations, including EarthLink. The InterCloud Provider Enablement Platform will bring even more providers on board, with built-in support for a number of public clouds including Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) and Windows Azure. InterCloud also works with cloud management solutions like Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC), the CSC/ServiceMesh Agility Platform and Red Hat Cloud Forms.

Additional new cloud offerings include Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cisco/Red Hat Integrated Cloud Management and Provisioning, which has Cisco working with Red Hat on a number of key initiatives to extend OpenStack and enable interoperable IaaS and PaaS offerings. Cisco has also rolled out Cisco Services For Cloud Strategy, Management, and Operations, which offers customers a choice of cloud consumption models, reduced exposure to risks and the ability to secure and automate their cloud environments.

Cisco also announced Cloud Consumption Services to help companies understand corporate usage and spending on a number of cloud services as well as manage business risks. And the new Cisco IAC 4.0 solution provides cloud management for private, public and hybrid clouds.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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