Cisco Wants to Be Foundation for Cloud Environments
Cisco's InterCloud offering will enable hybrid clouds that facilitate the movement of workloads between private and public clouds.Cisco Systems is looking to offer the technology that connects the growing range of cloud platforms, enabling workloads to more easily migrate between public and private cloud environments. The Cisco InterCloud, which is part of the company's larger Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment) strategy, is software that will enable businesses to move workloads and their associated network and security policies between private and public clouds, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Windows Azure. InterCloud was one of several announcements Cisco officials made Jan. 28 at their Cisco Live conference in Milan, Italy. Also at the show, the company unveiled an enhanced controller module that extends Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative—which was introduced in November 2013—beyond the data center and into WAN and access networks and expands software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities through an organization's networks, according to officials. Both the cloud and SDN efforts play into Cisco's strategy around the burgeoning Internet of everything (IoE), the company's vision of increasingly intelligent and connected systems that demand greater automation, openness and connectivity in their infrastructures. Cisco views the IoE as the largest transition in the tech industry since the Internet, and an opportunity that could be worth $19 trillion to public and private organizations by 2020, according to Jeff Reed, vice president of SDN and manageability in Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group.
"It's a huge effort in the industry and in Cisco," Reed told eWEEK.