Cisco Centralizes Cloud Strategy With CloudVerse Initiative
Some might call it marketing spin or vaporware, since there were no new products or services introduced. However, the fact is that Cisco does have a lot of disparate products and services that were unconnected in the minds of potential enterprise customers.Cisco Systems, in an effort to centralize access to its cloud-system-provisioning business in an escalating battle for telco customers with its competitors, on Dec. 6 revealed a new initiative it calls CloudVerse that will serve as the first door on which potential cloud-system buyers can knock. The company describes CloudVerse, a term that refers to the universe of cloud options, as a "framework that combines the foundational elements-unified data center, cloud intelligent network and cloud applications-needed to enable organizations to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds."
Others might call it marketing spin or vaporware, since there were no new products or services introduced. However, the fact is that Cisco does have a lot of disparate products and services-not to mention a large number of third-party partners-that were unconnected in the minds of potential enterprise customers who might be shopping around for private or hybrid cloud-computing systems.
Later, as part of its deal with Cisco, BMC will further integrate its cloud management software package into Cisco's Network Services Manager to be launched in mid-2012, Fulton said.
CloudVerse's fabric-type layout is designed to automate the "as-a-service" model across all physical and virtual environments and to scale for business demands by flexibly allocating IT resources within and between data centers using unified computing and unified fabric, Tucker said. This is right up the alleys of telcos, most of whom have extra space and bandwidth they weren't using that they want to put to work on cloud services-the upside of which is huge. Several analytics firms have projected this market to be worth dozens of billions of dollars in the next few years.