Cisco's Intercloud network will be based on OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system

Cisco to invest $1bn in 'world's largest cloud network'

Cisco will invest more than $1bn over the next two years to build the 'world’s largest' network of computing clouds.

The Cisco global Intercloud is being designed to support the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture, real-time analytics, ‘near infinite’ scalability and full compliance with the data sovereignty laws of different countries.

The network will feature APIs for rapid application development and the networking firm will work with its partners to deliver a new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services, making it the latest company to enter an arena that caters to the growing number of companies that would rather rent computing space than build their own.

“Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers – all while mitigating the risk of capital investment,” said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales, Cisco.

“The timing is right for Cisco and its partners to invest in a ground-breaking, application-centric global Intercloud to provide broader reach and faster time to market.

“Together, we have the capability to enable a seamless world of many clouds in which our customers have the choice to enable the right, highly secure cloud for the right workload, while creating strategic advantages for rapid innovation, and ultimately, business growth.”

Hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centres, the Intercloud will be designed to accelerate the Internet of Everything – the connection of people, data, processes and things over a global network that has been touted to be worth $19tn over the coming decade.

The network will rely on Cisco OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system, allowing users 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.

It will also use Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to optimise application performance and make rolling out new services much faster. Cisco also claims ACI’s centralized, programmable security policy will improve application security, compliance, auditing and mobility.

“As our enterprise customers continue to transition to the cloud, they are demanding hybrid cloud capabilities to meet the needs of differentiated workloads. Cisco Cloud Services offered via Canopy will give them a reliable, highly secure and flexible cloud platform option,” said Jacques Pommeraud, CEO of Canopy the Atos cloud.

“As the largest European cloud provider, we are keen to further our portfolio, in particular in SaaS (Software as a service) and data analytics building on Cisco’s vision on the Internet of Everything which will be supported by Cisco Cloud Services.”

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