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Cisco pumping US$1 billion more into Intercloud

Jim Duffy | Sept. 30, 2014
Cisco announces 30-plus new cloud computing partners.

Cisco itself is also now offering its own hybrid cloud service, called Intercloud Services bundle. The service, based on Intercloud Fabric, will allow customers already using a private cloud to extend to Cisco's Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Customers not yet using a private cloud can purchase a hybrid cloud solution from Cisco, the company says.

Other key new partners are Deutsche Telekom and NTT DATA, who are among the more than 30 new companies to participate in Cisco's Intercloud. The new partners mean that the infrastructure has been expanded with 250 additional data centers in 50 countries.

Deutsche Telekom will deploy Intercloud nodes within its data centers in Germany, which will be operated by T-Systems, a unit of DT. T-Systems will deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings to business customers throughout Europe.

Deutsche Telekom's Intercloud infrastructure will be based on OpenStack and implement Cisco's Intercloud Fabric and ACI, which includes the Nexus 9000 switches and Application Policy Infrastructure Controller.

Other new partners include Adapt, ANS Group, CGI Group, Cirrity, CTI, Ethan Group, Infront Systems, LightEdge Solutions, LG CNS, Logicalis, Long View, Netelligent, NWN, OneNeck IT Solutions, OnX Managed Services, Peak 10, Presidio, Proxios, PT Portugal/Oi, Quest Media and Supplies, Steria, Virtustream, Wipro, Dimension Data, Forsythe Technology, Presidio, World Wide Technology, Comstor, Ingram Micro and Tech Data.

The $1 billion infusion will also allow subsidiary Cisco Capital to offer financing on ACI purchases, technology migrations, and providing flexible payment structures.

Lastly, Cisco said it closed the acquisition of privately-held Metacloud, a provider of OpenStack-as-a-Service private cloud services. Metacloud is expected to be integral to Cisco's Intercloud offering.


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