Ciscos Message Is That It Wants to Be Your Cloud Infrastructure Provider
What's Included in CloudVerse Under the CloudVerse banner, Cisco is incorporating unified management capabilities that include Cisco Intelligent Automation for the Cloud, which provides automated provisioning and management of resources for the delivery of IT services within and between data centers, and the previously mentioned Cisco Network Services Manager, which automatically creates, deploys and modifies physical and virtual networking resources on demand.On the networking side, Tucker said that Cisco's Cloud Intelligent Network provides a consistent and secure user experience wherever the user is located and across the multiple clouds involved in delivering a service. These are all available now.There will be additional CloudVerse products and services to come in 2012, Tucker said. Sometime next year, Cisco will add a new feature called Cloud-to-Cloud Connect capabilities, which includes Cisco's Network Positioning System on the ASR 1000 and 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR). This will enable dynamic resource identification, allocation and optimization between data centers and clouds, Tucker said. Also in 2012, CloudVerse systems will enable "as a service" delivery of both Cisco and third-party cloud applications, Tucker said. New capabilities to be added to Cisco's Hosted Collaboration Solution next year include the following:
- Private Cloud HCS: This enables enterprises to build their own collaboration cloud using Cisco's validated and tested designs and full management capabilities.
- Mobile HCS: Mobile service providers will be able to offer collaboration software from the cloud and extend services from fixed devices to mobile phones. For example, providers can virtually connect thousands of mobile users at a company with single-number reach, or enable customers to transition a call from a desk phone to a mobile phone while the call is in progress.
- Customer Collaboration: Cisco is making contact center capabilities more affordable and accessible by adding Cisco Customer Collaboration offerings to HCS.