More than 30 additional companies, including Deutsche Telekom, BT, NTT DATA, and Equinix, have added their support to the Intercloud – the worldwide network of interconnected clouds – that Cisco and its partners are rapidly deploying. This will expand the reach of Cisco’s Intercloud by 250 additional data centers in 50 countries.
Equinix and Cisco will partner to provide enterprise customers with more secure, resilient and efficient interconnections to public cloud hosting environments. The companies plan to develop a hosted private cloud solution that utilizes the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver highly secure private access to the rich ecosystem of cloud hosting service providers in Equinix data centers globally.
Cisco plans to deploy Intercloud capabilities in 16 Equinix markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Equinix also plans to deploy key Cisco technologies and services across its Cloud Exchange, including the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch, Cisco APIC, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform.
BT will leverage Cisco Intercloud Fabric to develop hybrid cloud hosting services that connect with the Cisco Cloud and with the cloud and managed service offerings of Cisco Powered Intercloud Providers.
The BT Cloud Compute infrastructure, with a global data center footprint spanning 20 countries on five continents, will become fully Intercloud enabled to support highly secure, global hybrid clouds with unparalleled workload portability for BT’s customers.
New Hybrid Cloud Offerings
Last week, Cisco began offering Cisco Hybrid Cloud bundles, packages of technology and services, which will help customers create hybrid cloud environments. One bundle will allow customers already using a private cloud to extend that infrastructure to Cisco’s IaaS offering. Another will help customers not yet using a private cloud to gain that capability via a complete hybrid cloud and multinational Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution.
Because the Cisco Hybrid Cloud bundles are based on Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco ACI, they offer workload portability to and from the private cloud, consistent security and policy management when applications and workloads move between data centers, and enterprise-grade reliability and performance.
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is a software-based building block for true hybrid cloud infrastructures. These infrastructures unify the management of public cloud hosting services, including Microsoft Azure, AWS and other offerings. It also enables hybrid cloud workload portability between public cloud providers, private clouds and Cisco Cloud services.