Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Cisco, Google Buddy Up For Hybrid Cloud Push

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Delores Daniels | 26 October, 2017, 01:09

However, that is the direction many enterprises are going.

Nearly exactly a year ago, VMware and Amazon Web Services took the wraps off the VMware Cloud on AWS partnership, which allows VMware's software-defined data center offering to run on the AWS public cloud. Another 29.2 percent expect do that within the next year.

The solution may be especially helpful to enterprises as adoption of hybrid cloud continues to grow, according to a recent study from SUSE. For example, Microsoft a year ago announced its Azure Stack private cloud solution.

Cisco and Google said they will collaborate to offer ways for applications or services to be deployed, managed, and secured for businesses with a mix of on-premise and cloud capabilities. This will allow users to "optimize their existing investments, plan their cloud migration at their own pace and avoid lock in", Boden wrote. It also will give them the flexibility to decide which workloads to run on the public cloud and which to leave behind the firewall, and to move those workloads between the two as necessary.

"Customers will be able to accelerate on-premises app modernization using a Kubernetes-based container strategy that's consistent with cloud-native technology", Google Cloud's Nan Boden asserted in a blog post announcing the partnership.

It also will help boost the profile of both Google Cloud and Cisco in the fast-growing cloud market.

"Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer: agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support", Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said in a statement. All of this could help it gain traction against its larger cloud rivals. "This is what we hear customers asking for".

The joint Cisco-Google Cloud solution will include a number of components (hardware, software and cloud services) that can be tailored to the needs of each customer, purchased together or separately. "We have seen a natural distribution of existing applications, some that belong on-premises, and some that belong in public cloud", explained Kip Compton, vice president of Cisco's Cloud Platform and Solutions Group. "We wanted to do it in a modern way that would enable continuous rapid innovation".

At the heart of this architecture are open source platforms, Kubernetes and Istio. "Developers will be able to create new applications in the cloud or on-premise consistently using the same tools, runtime and production environment".

The partnership also extends Cisco's multicloud portfolio and Google Cloud's hybrid cloud technologies (including Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee).

The combined effort will be rolled out to select customers in the first part of 2018. "A dramatic expansion of the services available in the major public clouds, a heightened focus by cloud platform suppliers on enterprise customers, and major improvements in performance and security have driven the growth in public cloud adoption".

Cisco software components will be licensed on an annual subscription basis including one-, three- and five-year terms.

VMware Cloud on AWS became available in August.

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