By Jennifer LeClaire / Data Storage Today. Updated January 29, 2014.
It’s called InterCloud and it's Cisco new hybrid cloud solution that aims to lower the total cost of cloud services ownership for IT organizations and pave the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds.
The company also extended its cloud portfolio to include: Cisco Validated Design for Cisco/Red Hat integrated Cloud Management and Provisioning; Cisco Services for Cloud Strategy, Management, and Operations; and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) 4.0.
Robert Lloyd, Cisco president of development and sales, pointed out that Cisco first introduced the concept of the "World of Many Clouds" two years ago. Since then, he noted, the company and its partners have been driving new secure cloud innovations that work to help clients shape their own cloud journeys.
"Now, as brokers of IT services, organizations can add value by dynamically combining, integrating, and tailoring the delivery of cloud services -- whether public, private, or hybrid -- to best meet their business needs,” Lloyd said. “Today marks a key step in the evolution of cloud computing -- cloud workload portability will deliver immense benefits to cloud providers and cloud customers, paving the way toward an open and highly secure cloud ecosystem that delivers greater levels of agility, transparency, and speed of deployment."
Embracing Open Standards
At the centerpiece of the announcement is InterCloud. Part of the Cisco One platform, InterCloud supports hybrid clouds by allowing organizations to combine and move workloads -- including data and applications -- across different public or private clouds as needed, easily and securely, while maintaining associated network and security policies.
Cisco promised InterCloud users can create an “interoperable and highly secure hybrid cloud environment” across multiple public and private clouds and between premises-based applications and public clouds. On-demand flexibility and workload portability will allow organizations to cost-effectively select their optimal cloud strategies, according to the company.
InterCloud embraces an open, standards-based approach that offers cloud users and providers the opportunity to tap into a robust ecosystem of industry-leading technologies and avoid being locked into a single vendor or platform. Cisco expects InterCloud to be able to move workloads to and from participating cloud providers with Cisco Powered services, such as BT, CSC/ServiceMesh, CenturyLink Technology Solutions, and Virtustream.
Microsoft All In
Cisco InterCloud will provide workload mobility and intends to integrate with cloud management solutions such as Cisco IAC, as well as CSC/ServiceMesh's Agility Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and other products from Cisco's ecosystem partners. EMC, Citrix, Denali Advanced Integration, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VCE and Zerto are also supporting InterCloud.
"Microsoft's Cloud OS vision encompasses on-premises data centers, Windows Azure, hosted services, and hybrid implementations, and we recognize that heterogeneous environments are a reality in today's IT," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft.
"Our close work with Cisco on InterCloud exemplifies how our two companies can deliver interoperable public, private and hybrid clouds based on leading platforms and management portfolios, including Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Azure. InterCloud will help customers quickly and easily move applications and services to Windows Azure," he said.