Monday, September 29, 2014

Cisco's Intercloud Expands Reach

Cisco has formed Intercloud partnerships with Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix, NTT Data and over 30 additional companies, demonstrating significant momentum behind its strategy to bring programmable networking to the interconnection of private and public clouds.

Cisco now aims to bring its Intercloud fabric into 250 of the top co-location data centers worldwide in the coming months, significantly advancing its goal of making Intercloud the leading architecture and ecosystem for exchanging cloud traffic. The company will dedicate $1 billion from its financing division to accelerate these key rollouts.

Intercloud, which Cisco first announced in March 2014, is a distributed network and security architecture designed for interconnecting high-value application workloads between clouds while retaining high security and local data sovereignty.  Intercloud uses APIs to connect cloud IT services across a data center network It supports OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It is based on Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

At a press event in Silicon Valley, Rob Lloyd, Cisco's president of development and sales, described Intercloud as "the phase of the Internet," saying the challenge of interconnecting today public and private clouds in many ways resembles the challenges of the early Internet.

“Just as Cisco played a leading role in connecting isolated islands of LANs to architect the modern Internet, Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric and Application Centric Infrastructure innovations uniquely position us to connect disparate cloud services to unlock the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT,” said Lloyd.

Some highlights:

  • Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy Intercloud nodes within its state-of-the-art data centers in Germany. The DT Intercloud will be operated by T-Systems to deliver sovereign and secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that meet Germany’s strict data protection standards.  Deutsche Telekom’s new Intercloud infrastructure, based on OpenStack to allow DT to standardize and scale their services globally, will incorporate Cisco’s suite of cloud solutions, including Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which includes Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches  and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
     
  • BT will deploy Cisco Intercloud Fabric in its 45 data centers worldwide. BT will become fully Intercloud enabled to support highly secure, global hybrid clouds with unparalleled workload portability for BT’s customers.  BT Cloud Compute is a pre-provisioned data center infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own cloud service. It integrates advanced Cisco technologies and is available in major economies across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Cisco will offer its own Intercloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in its own data centers and with its own switches and UCS servers.  Cisco will also offer its own cloud services based on the Intercloud architecture.
  • Equinix will deploy the Cisco Intercloud, including the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch, Cisco APIC, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform, for the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which is available in major markets worldwide. 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 service providers in Equinix data centers globally. Cisco plans to deploy Intercloud capabilities in 16 Equinix markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Cisco will use its Meraki platform to help Service Providers offer secure cloud VPNs to SMBs.
  • Other announced Intercloud partners include ANS Group, CGI Group, Cirrity, CTI, Dimension Data, Ethan Group, Infront Systems, LightEdge Solutions, LG CNS, Logicalis, Long View, Netelligent, NWN, NetApp, NTT DATA, OneNeck IT Solutions, OnX Managed Services, Peak 10, Presidio, Proxios, PT Portugal/Oi, Quest Media and Supplies, RedHat, Steria, Sungard, Telstra, VCE, Virtustream and Wipro.
  • Comstor, Ingram Micro Inc. and Tech Data will become cloud aggregators for Cisco.
  • Cisco Intercloud Fabric has now been officially released to customers.
  • Cisco Capital has earmarked $1 billion to accelerate rollout of these solutions.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1494528


  • In November 2013, Cisco unveiled its Application Centric Infrastructure for data centers and clouds. In a press event in New York, John Chambers described ACI as the next big transformation of the IT industry driven by imperatives of the application economy.

    ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software-defined networks (SDN), said Chambers, because it brings agility and automation with full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources at the system, tenant, and application levels.  The architecture promises a pay-as-you-grow mode scaling to over 100,000 switch ports and capable of supporting more than one million IP end points in a data center spine with 60 Tbps capacity.  A key premise is that the network should adapt to application requirements through dynamic insertion and chaining of physical and virtual L4-7 network services including firewalls, application delivery controllers, and intrusion detection systems.  The new architecture is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments by providing real-time view of per tenant and per application health, statistics, and troubleshooting.  Real-time analytics will be used to drive intelligent application placement decisions.
    The foundation for ACI is an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), enhanced versions of the NX-OS data center switching operating system, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switches based on technology from Insieme Networks, the Cisco spin-in start-up that is being acquired and re-integrated into the company.


Interview: Cisco Builds its Intercloud

Six month after unveiling its Intercloud strategy, Cisco announced 30 new partners, including Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix and NTT Data.

In this interview, Fabio Gori, Director, WW Cloud Marketing at Cisco, discusses:

00:04 - What is the Intercloud?
01:12 - Is the Intercloud really gaining market traction?
02:54 - Whats the real business value for Cisco Intercloud partners?
04:05 - What is Cisco doing to accelerate adoption of Intercloud?
05:21 - What does Intercloud mean for the industry? Will this be standards driven?

See video http://youtu.be/qf4eMHviIOE

Cisco and Equinix Team Up on Intercloud to Cloud Exchange

Cisco and Equinix will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that utilize Cisco’s Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient interconnection to public clouds.  The non-exclusive partnership aims to extend connectivity from the application layer through data center networking system to enable a seamless experience between public cloud services, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, to enterprise networks that powered by Cisco equipment. The partnership is significant because of the shared enterprise customer base and global reach of the companies into key co-location data centers.

Some highlights:

  • Cisco intends to deploy Intercloud-enabled capabilities in 16 Equinix data centers across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • As Cisco expands its Intercloud capabilities, Equinix will be a preferred supplier, offering access to Cisco Cloud Services inside its global platform of International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
  • Equinix intends to deploy Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) within the Equinix Cloud Exchange infrastructure to deliver application-driven policy control. It plans to deploy the key hardware and software elements of the Cisco ACI architecture in its data centers, including the Nexus 9000 Series Switch and the APIC Controller.
  • Equinix has already deployed elements of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) - an open, comprehensive orchestration and virtualization software platform on Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing real-time automation for service provisioning, over physical and virtual networks.
  • Equinix, the global interconnection leader, has a global data center footprint of more than 100 data centers across 32 markets in 15 countries.  

"What Cisco and Equinix are doing together is all about visibility and control. By connecting Cisco Intercloud and Cloud Exchange, we are adding policy, performance, security and visibility all the way to the application level, removing performance concerns sometimes associated with hybrid cloud services. Elasticity is essential for enterprises, and by providing a private, high bandwidth, highly secure infrastructure, we’re allowing enterprises to achieve their vision of a truly elastic cloud,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1496004




Interview: Cisco's Intercloud Meets the Equinix Cloud Exchange

Equinix will deploy Cisco's Intercloud capabilities in the Equinix Cloud Exchange, enabling native connectivity between the Cisco ecosystem and all of the third-party cloud services available via Equinix, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Cisco Cloud Services will also become available in the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

In this interview, Ihab Tarazi discusses:

0:05 - About the Equinix Cloud Exchange
0:57 - Highlights of the new partnership between Equinix and Cisco
1:51 - New capabilities enabled by Intercloud
2:27 - Is the deal exclusive?
3:04 - Significance for the rest of the networking industry
3:35 - How does this impact Equinix customers and partners?
04:14 - Will this change the way Equinix designs and develops its own data centers?
5:01 - Will the Intercloud deployments be enable across Equinix metro markets?

See video:  http://youtu.be/syio-23t2xU


OpenDaylight's Helium Delivers Better SDN/NFV Interoperability

The OpenDaylight Project, which is the community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and NFV, officially released Helium, its second generation open source software code.

Helium features 11 new protocols, applications and technologies for creating interoperability across software-defined networks.

Some highlights:

  • A new user interface provides a much simpler and customizable installation process.
  • The use of the Apache Karaf containers enables users to build on-demand combinations of components and features.
  • Deeper integration with OpenStack, including significant improvements in the Open vSwitch Database Integration project.
  • A technology preview of advanced OpenStack shoes features such as Security Groups, Distributed Virtual Router and Load Balancing-as-a-Service.
  • Improvements in high availability, clustering and security.
  • Strengthening and adding new protocols like OpenFlow Table Type Patterns, PacketCable MultiMedia, an application policy framework.
  • New tools for Service Function Chaining.

The OpenDaylight Project also confirmed that over a dozen vendors are building their controllers on top of OpenDaylight,.

“The OpenDaylight community is iterating, shaping and defining a de facto standard for SDN and NFV through code creation,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “They’ve taken on the monumental task of bringing together all the disparate technologies, thoughts and ideas around SDN and forming it into a cohesive platform. The community has made amazing progress in a short amount of time as you can see in this second release which integrates more functionality, apps and use cases. Helium brings us one step closer to having one common platform the entire industry can standardize on.”

http://www.opendaylight.org/announcements/2014/09/opendaylight-paves-way-innovation-software-defined-networking-latest-open

Oracle Adds Big Data and Mobile Cloud Services

Oracle introduced six new Oracle Cloud Platform services that help customers and partners develop and deploy new applications, extend and personalize Oracle SaaS applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to Oracle Cloud. New functionality targets big data analytics, integration, process management, Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), and Node.js for server-side JavaScript.

The new services are:


30,000 devices. 400 petabytes of storage.
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud: Enables customers to analyze and process vast amounts of data using the Hadoop framework on a secure, elastic, managed, and easy-to-use infrastructure platform that is fully integrated with other Oracle Cloud services.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly bring enterprise-grade mobile apps to market with a cloud-based mobile back end.
  • Oracle Integration Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly design, deploy, monitor, and manage cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integrations using a rich and intuitive browser-based interface.
  • Oracle Process Cloud: Empowers business users to design, deploy, monitor, and optimize business processes to improve efficiency, agility, and productivity.
  • Oracle Node.js Cloud: Enables customers to easily and rapidly deploy JavaScript applications along with any required libraries on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management.
  • Oracle Java SE Cloud: Enables customers to quickly deploy Java SE 7 or 8 applications along with any required libraries or frameworks on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management. 
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/cloud-portfolio-092914.html

Ericsson to acquire GEOSS Consulting Firm

Ericsson agreed to acquire GEOSS, an operations support systems (OSS) consulting company based in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed.

GEOSS’ core competencies include consultancy, systems development, systems integration and operational support. The company, which has presence in Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart, specializes in creating and developing high-performance solutions for the configuration and monitoring of IP networks (Network Near Assurance), and supports leading German fixed and mobile operators in their transition to All-IP networks.

Ericsson said the deal strengthens its position in OSS for communications service providers. Ericsson intends to take over the entire staff and management of 30 people.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.geoss-gruppe.de/en/Pages/startseite.aspx

Centurylink Inks Data Center Deal with China's Neusoft

CenturyLink announced an agreement with Neusoft, a leading IT solutions and services provider in China, enabling it to extend its global managed hosting services in China.

CenturyLink customers can now access a comprehensive portfolio of managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions through a Shanghai data center.

"For multinational corporations looking to grow their customer base, entering China presents enormous opportunities and challenges," said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. "CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to host within China's borders, offering access to the same highly secure managed services and consistent IT experience available across our global footprint."

CenturyLink's hybrid cloud and IT infrastructure and services are now delivered across 57 data centers worldwide, including five in Asia.

http://www.centurylink.com

Christopher Young to Head Intel's Security Division

Christopher Young has been appointed Intel's newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young will join Intel's management committee and report to Intel President Renée James.

Young comes to Intel from Cisco, where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the company's security product business. Prior to Cisco, he held executive roles in end user computing at VMware and cybersecurity at RSA.

http://www.intel.com

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