Photo - Albert Chai, Country Manager, Cisco in Malaysia.
Networking solutions provider Cisco is speeding up its plans to meet the robust demands of the Internet of Everything [IoE], which includes the building of the world's largest global InterCloud, it said.
Cisco Malaysia country manager Albert Chai said the plans include new cloud partners and customers, and an updated array of cloud service offerings to address customer needs for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the demands of the IoE.
The company's open InterCloud allowed local hosting and local provider options that support data sovereignty, said Chai. "In an increasingly connected world, businesses have a need to embrace the latest technological innovations to stay ahead of their competitors."
"A race towards technological innovation creates value not just to the company but the customers as well," he said. "According to Gartner, businesses' investment in cloud is increasing significantly. Malaysia's IT spending is predicted to increase by 10.2 percent and reach almost RM69.8 billion [US$21.8 billion] in 2014 with cloud spending being the prime driver for this increase."
"Acknowledging this fact, InterCloud is essential to realise the potential of the networked connection of people, data, processes and things, in the era of the Internet of Everything," said Chai. "By doing so, businesses can unlock the potential economic opportunity of RM61 trillion (US$19 trillion) in the coming decade."
Today, businesses are no longer apprehensive of adopting cloud computing as more cloud providers begin to integrate security solutions into its cloud offerings," he said. "International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that by 2017, 70 percent of IT departments in Asia will embrace a cloud-first strategy over any investment in IT infrastructure and services."
Hybrid cloud capabilities
"In Malaysia, as cloud computing reaches its sophomore stage, businesses will start to increasingly embrace cloud computing resulting in a growing need for solutions and services that could work seamlessly across a multitude of public and private clouds operated by different providers," said Chai.
"Cisco aims to fulfil this need through InterCloud by ushering a world of many clouds where businesses can now choose the right platform for the right tasks and the right results," he said.
"The hybrid cloud capabilities that differentiate the Cisco Cloud are built upon the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco InterCloud Fabric technologies. This innovation was made possible with its highly successful Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (Cisco UCS), which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary," said Chai, adding that the solutions were designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and 'near infinite' scalability.
He said Cisco's Cloud Services and its new InterCloud initiative will be delivered through the companies' partners, which include Australian service provider Telstra; Canadian business communications provider Allstream; European cloud company Canopy, an Atos company; cloud services aggregator, provider and wholesale technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc.; global IT and managed services provider Logicalis Group; global provider of enterprise software platforms for business intelligence, mobile intelligence, and network applications MicroStrategy, Inc.; enterprise data centre IT solutions provider OnX Managed Services; information availability services provider SunGard Availability Services; ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data; and leading global IT, consulting and outsourcing company Wipro Ltd.
"Since we introduced Cisco Cloud, we have seen tremendous interest from our valued partners and customers, most of which are interested in cloud environments that are open, highly secure, extensible, and enable data sovereignty." said Cisco president of development and sales, Robert Lloyd. "Furthermore, they are looking to Cisco for a network-centric approach to faster IT and cloud innovation. We are very pleased at the momentum we've generated thus far and have put a world-class team in place to enable our partners and customers to grow their businesses in a world of many clouds."
Dimension Data chief executive officer, Brett Dawson, said, "Over our 23 year relationship with Cisco, we have had many successes in the marketplace together and cloud is no exception. Dimension Data is proud to be the first global InterCloud partner. We have been providing cloud services for many years and have developed a robust global cloud service - available across all continents. We are extremely excited to support Cisco and its partners in accelerating the market's move to cloud services."
"The Cisco Cloud strategy is to build the platform for the Internet of Everything by connecting the world of many clouds into the InterCloud," said VCE executive vice president, product strategy & development, Todd Pavone. "VCE will help Cisco accomplish this ambitious goal by enabling enterprises and cloud providers to build hybrid-ready private clouds based on proven true converged infrastructure from VCE. Together, VCE and Cisco can deliver 'InterCloud-ready' Vblock Systems that further accelerate IT transformation by enabling secure workload migration between public and private clouds while simplifying infrastructure management, increasing business agility and lowering costs."
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