Monday, December 5, 2011

Cisco Positions CloudVerse to Build Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Cisco outlined its new "CloudVerse" framework for building, managing and connecting public, private and hybrid clouds. The goal is to help businesses to realize all of the benefits of clouds: improved agility, better economics, enhanced security and a dynamic, assured experience.

Cisco CloudVerse combines these key cloud elements – Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services.

Unified Data Center changes is a fabric-based platform for automating the "as-a-service" model across physical and virtual environments. Cisco is adding tools to provide automated provisioning and management of data center resources for the delivery of cloud services within and between data centers.

Cloud Intelligent Network provides a consistent and highly secure user experience wherever the user is located and across the multiple clouds involved in delivering an application or service. Cisco now adds new "Cloud-to-Cloud Connect" capabilities: "Cloud-to-Cloud Connect," featuring the Cisco Network Positioning System on the ASR 1000 and 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in 2012, will enable dynamic resource identification, allocation and optimization between data centers and clouds.

Cloud Applications and Services enable "as a service" delivery of both Cisco and third-party cloud applications. New tools include help enterprises to build their own collaboration cloud using Cisco's validated and tested solution and full management capabilities. Cisco is also introducing tools to help mobile service providers offer collaboration from the cloud, thus extending services from "fixed" devices to mobile phones. For example, providers can virtually connect thousands of mobile users at a company with single-number reach, or enable customers to transition a call from a desk phone to a mobile phone while the call is in progress.

Cisco already has a number of customers adopting CloudVerse as the foundation of the cloud strategies. Marquee customers include ACS, a Xerox Company; Fujitsu; NWN; LinkedIn; Orange Business Services; Qualcomm; Silicon Valley Bank; Telecom Italia; Telefónica; Telstra; and Terremark, a Verizon Company.