Cisco Boosts Cloud Portfolio With Intercloud Additions
SDN is expected to be a huge opportunity – and threat – to Cisco as the Internet of Everything, mobility and Big Data drive massive growth in networks that are aready overtaxed and ripe for replacement, but cloud is also fueling the need for bigger and faster communications infrastructures. Which brings us to the second set of major announcements coming out of Cisco Live 2015, the latest news about its Intercloud initiative, its vision for the globally connected network of clouds. It announced: partnerships with 35 independent software vendors; new hybrid cloud services from seven Intercloud partners; and.innovations spanning new security capabilities, increased manageability across clouds and support for additional hypervisors.
The Intercloud concept was put together 15 months ago, said Nick Earle, SVP, Global Cloud and Managed Services Sales, Cisco, “to solve a problem coming towards all of us, it’s not public cloud, not private cloud, its IoE.” The numbers are staggering, he told journalists at Cisco Live: 277x data created by IoE devices vs end-user, and 30 million new devices connected every week.
Intercloud is the only solution that gives single operational model for every cloud platform, said Earle. “OT (operational technology) combined with IT is an opportunity.” When products become cloud-enabled they become 10x more valuable… and if you don’t do it, you get disrupted.”
What Cisco is really doing with Intercloud is solving the next problem beyond private cloud, hyper growth, said Earle. Like network’s past, proprietary networks, today’s cloud is isolated clouds and the future will be Intercloud, all cloud connected, just like the Internet replaced separate networks. “We always see the swing out and then the swing back.”
As it did with ACI, Cisco also brought along a number of Intercloud customers to confirm its value. Randy Haan, Director of Infrastructure for Information Technology, The Salvation Army, said they were having capacity problems just six months after rolling out a new datacenter. Active in 120 countries, they looked at a number of alternatives, and while they had some teething problems, their Intercloud pilot, rolled out in March, will be deployed in production by September.
Dave Hart, COO, Presidio, said his company is a large Cisco partner. He said customers want the best of both worlds, single-tenant private cloud, with public cloud, and Intercloud delivers.
For MapR Technologies – Hadoop, NoSQL, database and streaming applications – it was a journey with Cisco, said Bill Peterson, Director of Product Marketing. With more than 700 customers and 500 partners, including Cisco, it started with UCS, progressed to ACI and now to Intercloud.
The whole world is going cloud, so the timing for Intercloud enhancements is timely. According to Cisco’s 10th annual Visual Networking Index, released its at the end of May, IP traffic will triple from 2014-2019. Other findings included:
-More Internet Users – in 2014, there were 2.8 billion Internet users, or 39% of the world’s population of 7.2 billion; by 2019, there will be about 3.9 billion Internet users, or 51% of the world’s projected population of 7.6 billion;
-Proliferation of Devices and Connections – 24 billion networked devices/connections are expected to be online by 2019, compared with 14 billion in 2014; and,
-The Internet of Everything (IoE) and M2M Growth – M2M connections will more than triple over the next five years (growing to 10.5 billion by 2019); and, annual global M2M IP traffic will grow 15-fold over this same period.
Cloud is also a big contributor to network traffic growth, according to the most recent Global Cloud Index (2013–2018) forecast. According to the report, datacenter traffic – datacenter-to-user traffic, datacenter-to-datacenter traffic and traffic that remains within datacenters – is expected to nearly triple, with the cloud expected to represent 76% of the total datacenter traffic by 2018, up from 54% of the 2013 traffic. Although public cloud workloads are projected to have strong growth; by 2018, 69% (113.5 million) of cloud workloads will still be supported by private cloud data centers, down from 78% (44.2 million) in 2013.
Two weeks ago Cisco announced its intention to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will ‘help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services, according to a blog from Romanski. He said that paired with the recent acquisition of Metacloud, Piston’s distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent will further enhance their capabilities around cloud automation, availability, and scale.
In January Cisco relaunched Meraki, a developer of wired/wireless LAN and security products managed via the cloud, as an enterprise class, cloud-managed IT solution. Cisco’s Rob Soderbery, SVP of Enterprise Products and Solutions, said businesses are being disrupted and at least 70% are prioritizing and accelerating IT, especially cloud-based, cloud-managed IT. To address this rapidly evolving market the company has embraced the cloud, and cloud-enabled network management, he said.
The cloud isn’t for everybody, said Soderbery. But Cisco is making sure everything is built for the cloud, and is simple and open. “The absolute simplest solution is an automatic solution. Open is critical to our software strategy.”