Light Reading

Cisco Aims for '#1' in Hybrid Cloud

Mitch Wagner

SAN FRANCISCO -- CiscoLive -- The future is hybrid clouds, and Cisco plans to be on top. To that end, Cisco announced partnerships to accelerate its Intercloud strategy, as well as new executive leadership and reorganization for its Intercloud business.

The hybrid cloud takes advantage of the speed, scale, economics, and flexibility of the public cloud, along with control, security, and data sovereignty needed in a global economy, Rob Lloyd, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) president of development and sales, said at a keynote here Tuesday.

Cisco is now the number one provider of private clouds, Lloyd said. "Our aspiration right now is to be the number one provider of hybrid clouds."

Cisco's cloud strategy is built on Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Intercloud, Lloyd said. "Those are basic building blocks to building Fast IT," Lloyd said, repeating a phrase John Chambers, Cisco CEO and chairman, used at Monday's keynote. (See Cisco's Chambers Predicts 'Brutal' Tech Consolidation.)

Cisco's Intercloud strategy, introduced two months ago, is to partner with local cloud providers to serve international markets, and application providers and vertical industry specialists, Lloyd said. Partners specialize in managed services, disaster recover, and hosting Microsoft and other enterprise applications. Intercloud supports Amazon APIs to move workloads between different vendors' clouds, and will support Microsoft Azure APIs within weeks. (See Cisco's Cloud Bet: What's in It for SPs?)

Lloyd compared Intercloud to roaming technology that allows individuals to use mobile phones anywhere in the world. Similarly, using Intercloud, applications will be able to roam between clouds, even between different vendors' hypervisors.

"We will demonstrate what SDN can do at scale," Lloyd said -- scaling Intercloud to 1 million endpoints and 65,000 tenants, using OpenStack to provide orchestration and automation.

On Tuesday, Cisco announced partnerships with Dimension Data and Sungard Availability Systems to provide cloud services, joining Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS), which announced its partnership when Cisco announced Intercloud in March. VCE and NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) will work with Cisco building cloud infrastructure. Johnson Controls said it will work with Cisco and partners to provide modular compute capacity. And Accenture licensed Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud software to expand cloud management and orchestration for its Accenture Cloud.

Cisco will use Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform and SaaS to deliver midmarket cloud services to customers and resellers. The two companies will partner on infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service, including Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint.

Cisco named Nick Earle to lead the Cloud and Managed Services organization, reporting to Edzard Overbeek, Cisco vice pesident of services; Gee Rittenhouse to lead the new Cloud and Virtualization Group under executive vice president and chief development officer Pankaj Patel; and Faiyaz Shahpurwala will continue to lead the cloud infrastructure and managed services organization, reporting to Overbeek. Cisco is consolidating three groups of 3,700 people in a single cloud group.

Cisco is walking a tightrope with its cloud strategy, on the one hand needing to take leadership in cloud while on the other hand avoiding competing with its channel partners. The strategy provides opportunities for service provider partners to leverage Cisco's market clout and technology, but they risk becoming dependent on the Cisco relationship.

Cisco will offer Intercloud with its own brand, jointly branded with partners, and under the partner brand as well.

See highlights of our recent Cisco coverage:

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to

Want to learn more about SDN and the transport network? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit in Europe

9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Band of Women

9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|25|15   |   11:36   |   (0) comments

Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
It's All About That App

9|23|15   |   02:15   |   (2) comments

The long-range goal of service providers is to deliver app-specific network performance and that is showing up in technical developments today.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon's Healthy Approach to WiC

9|22|15   |   2:30   |   (2) comments

If you think there are too few women in comms, you should see the healthcare industry. Nancy Green, Verizon's healthcare global lead, shares ideas on what we can do about it.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
UBBF 2015 Highlights

9|22|15   |     |   (0) comments

Drilling down deeper into the transformation process will provide network operators with a practical look at building new businesses around a digital virtualized network architecture, and lay out some of the transition steps required, particularly in the struggle to enable more dynamic and focused enterprise network services.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
ActiveVideo's Cloud Virtualization Technology

9|22|15   |   7:23   |   (0) comments

ActiveVideo's CMO, Murali Nemani, discusses how virtualized CPE functions can deliver applications from the cloud to various devices at home.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
Hot Topics
Are Sports Next for Netflix?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/28/2015
Google Gives Huawei a US Device Boost
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/29/2015
Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
Following the Bouncing Capex Ball
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/29/2015
Good News for NFV Interoperability
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/29/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here