Cisco Merges Spark, WebEx Collaboration Apps to Streamline Meetings

Today’s topics include Cisco merging Spark into WebEx for streamlined collaboration, and Cloud Foundry stepping up as a de facto standard for cloud-native development.

Cisco Systems announced last week that it is merging its Spark and WebEx collaboration services to create a single offering.

The merging of the two platforms means that users will have a single platform for all the collaboration needs that previously were split between the two, which Cisco officials said will streamline meetings, making them easier to run and more secure.

According to Cisco Fellow Jonathan Rosenberg, all meetings will leverage the WebEx backbone through servers housed both in Cisco data centers and in the public cloud and the WebEx network. “This means that customers get the best quality, lowest latency experience possible,” he said.

The merging of the products also improves security by ensuring that all WebEx Teams users are all connected to a single, shared cloud instance without guest accounts.

Docker and Kubernetes are well-known de facto standards for container formats and container orchestration in building and deploying modern cloud-native applications. However, there is a third de facto standard that is changing the future for a lot of enterprises moving to the cloud—open-source developer platform Cloud Foundry.

At its fourth North American Summit last week in Boston, Cloud Foundry executives and partners talked up how fast the ecosystem is growing and about how much faster Cloud Foundry users are able to deploy applications at scale and even save some money in the process.

During her keynote address, Executive Director at the Cloud Foundry Foundation Abby Kearns cited Home Depot’s success using Cloud Foundry to shave application deployment time and the U.S. Air Force improving new application budget allocation.