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Intercloud and the Cisco-Powered Cloud

Cisco intercloud resized 600For quite some time Cisco has been ramping up to offering a global cloud platform that can be implemented in just about any organization. Partnering with major cloud infrastructure players made up of managed service providers, distributors, resellers, telcos and IT service providers, the Cisco Powered program will offer some of the most advanced and most complex cloud offerings ever created. Investing more than $1 billion over two years, this is the most ambitious global cloud services program Cisco’s been involved with to date.

The goal

Cisco’s purpose in offering Intercloud is to give its partners access to a cloud platform that’s OpenStack enabled in order that they’ll be able to provide cloud solutions in private, public and hybrid variations.

Ultimately, Intercloud is part of Cisco’s overall move from simply providing network infrastructure to being a global supplier of IT and cloud infrastructure. Cisco’s program is both aggressive and ambitious, and relies heavily on Cisco partners to be able to sell and manage those services.

Not everyone will be ready

Intercloud offers an alternative approach to the global cloud platforms currently being created by telcos, system integrators and others. In some cases, service providers may face a situation where they’re pressured to use alternative solutions. Not every service provider will be able to implement Intercloud, but those that are face a great deal of potential for success on the new platform.

Time to travel the world

One of the key aspects of Intercloud is its worldwide availablilty. This depends on the use of data centers belonging to partners. It will, of course, take time for this global infrastructure to be achieved. Initially, partners will likely be offering region-based infrastructure and coverage, to be expanded over time into a global program. Just as it took a good deal of time for WebEx to become a global service and to create the necessary global infrastructure, the same will be true of Intercloud.

Once again, Cisco is leveraging its strengths to expand into new territories. Intercloud is positioned to become an integral part of the global cloud services marketplace.

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