Cisco to Build Cloud Portfolio With Metacloud Deal
Cisco is buying Metacloud, a 3-year-old company that offers organizations an OpenStack-based private cloud platform that is managed remotely.Cisco Systems is boosting its broad cloud computing strategy with the planned acquisition of Metacloud, a private company whose offerings enable businesses run private clouds based on the OpenStack platform. The deal, announced Sept. 17 and expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, will add to Cisco's Intercloud initiative, which was announced in March. Cisco officials envision a network of OpenStack-based clouds that uses Cisco's Cloud Services architecture as the foundation and enables organizations to securely move workloads—including data and applications—across disparate private and public clouds. Cisco already has brought on a growing number of partners, including VCE, Red Hat, NetApp and SunGard, and Metacloud also will play a key role in the development of the Intercloud, company officials said. With OpenStack's ability to handle any workload in any virtualized environment on any private or public cloud, it will be important to Cisco's effort to be able to manage large OpenStack installations, they said. Metacloud's technology offers businesses a remotely managed private cloud-as-a-service platform that, combined with Cisco's capabilities, will give organizations the ability to leverage the operational benefits of public clouds with the security and control inherent in private clouds. In addition, service providers will be able to bring together their public cloud deployments and remotely managed OpenStack-based private clouds to offer Intercloud customers hybrid cloud solutions.
"Together, Cisco and Metacloud will enable the creation of hybrid cloud environments that combine service provider public cloud deployments with remotely-managed OpenStack private clouds," Hilton Romanski, senior vice president and head of Cisco Corporate Development, said in a post on the company blog. "Bottom line for customers: More agility for less money."