Cisco Expands Cloud Network

Cisco has announced that more than 30 additional companies, including Deutsche Telekom (DT), BT, NTT DATA, and Equinix, have added their support to the Intercloud – the worldwide network of interconnected clouds – that Cisco and its partners are rapidly developing to enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds.

The news will expand the reach of the Intercloud by 250 additional data centers in 50 countries, and advances Cisco’s plan to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything. Designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability, Cisco’s open approach to the Intercloud allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty.

“Since we announced our OpenStack-based cloud strategy six months ago, we’ve received tremendous industry-wide support. The strategy is gaining momentum in the open source community and providing partners with a powerful cloud platform with global reach, and Internet scale and efficiencies,” said Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales. “Just as Cisco played a leading role in connecting isolated islands of LANs to architect the modern Internet, Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric and Application Centric Infrastructure innovations uniquely position us to connect disparate cloud services to unlock the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT.”

Ashish Gupta, President, Portfolio, Service Design and BT Advise, BT Global Services said “To truly realise possibilities in the cloud, our customers need improved performance and availability of mission-critical applications. At the same time, they are governed by local compliance rules and their data needs to remain highly secure. This requires hybrid cloud environments, combining public and private assets, and the ability to accommodate a wide variety of vendors and service providers. Our use of Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric, combined with our well-established Cloud Compute infrastructure, enables such environments on a global scale. It allows us to better help CIOs orchestrate their cloud resources with a focus on seamless workload control and portability. BT is clearly at the core of that innovative drive.”

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David Dungay

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