CISCO PARTNER SUMMIT 2012: Cisco enhances Cloud offerings

CISCO PARTNER SUMMIT 2012: Cisco enhances Cloud offerings

Cisco will continue to offer Cloud applications, networking and infrastructure solutions – unlike its competitors

Cisco will soon launch Cloud Connect – a new software platform that enhances Cloud deployments, increases Cloud security and simplifies Cloud-based operations, according to Cisco chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior.

Cloud Connect will enable its users to construct applications using Cisco's Cloud software platform and modify it to suit their individual needs.

Warrior made the announcement at the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 in San Diego, where she delved into the company’s Cloud strategy.

“The software platform is created in conjunction with technologies from several recent Cisco acquisitions,” she said.

According to her, although other businesses such as HP and Google are focusing on specific parts of the Cloud, Cisco will continue to offer Cloud applications, networking and infrastructure solutions.

Warrior said a recent study found that in the next two years, more than 50 per cent of enterprise workloads will be Cloud-based.

She mentioned that the company is also noticing the trend of enterprise and service customers wanting to adopt public, private and hybrid Clouds.

Cisco will be providing more information surrounding the solution in May.

The company will be looking to bring to market some tools to facilitate the programming of the networks.

In Australia, ICT provider, Data#3, announced that it has deployed Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud software solution to support its Cloud services and datacentre business.

Cisco A/NZ managing director of the Partner Business Group, Sara Adams, said Data #3 is one of the first Australian partners to integrate the solution into its operations.

In Australia, Telstra, CSC, Dimension Data and Optus/Alphawest have already adopted it.

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud is a self-service provisioning and orchestration software solution for datacentre automation and IT as a service (ITaaS).

Data#3 general manager of managed services, Patrick Murphy, said the company selected Cisco’s solution as it was looking to meet the growing demand for hosted managed services and Cloud services in Australia.

“It allows us to take advantage of our technology investments and use it across all of our managed services business as well as our Cloud services so we can deliver faster IT provisioning cycle times to increase customer satisfaction and improve business agility,” he said.

Murphy also said the system will aid its multi-vendor model in supporting its clients’ needs as the orchestration and management of it can be particularly complex.

Adams mentioned that Cisco is differentiating its Cloud solutions to cater to the rising demand of customers adjusting Cloud solutions to meet their needs.

“It is critical that our partners can help chart a customer’s journey to the Cloud that is flexible enough to be deployed on-premises or hosted in a datacentre while being simple to deploy and operate,” she said.

Cisco A/NZ is in discussions with other Australian systems integrators in deploying the solution. More information will be provided at a later date.

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