Cisco Announces Intention to Build World's Largest Global “Intercloud”

Cisco announced it is spearheading plans – in conjunction with partners – to build the world’s largest global Intercloud – a network of clouds. The Intercloud is being architected for the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, high scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. The Intercloud will feature APIs for rapid application development.

“The timing is right for Cisco and its partners to invest in a global Intercloud to provide broader reach and faster time to market,” said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco. “Together, we have the capability to enable a seamless world of many clouds in which our customers have the choice to enable the right, highly secure cloud for the right workload, while creating strategic advantages for rapid innovation, and ultimately, business growth.”

Hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centers, the Cisco global Intercloud will offer an expanded suite of value-added application- and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything. Cisco expects to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years. 

The Cisco OpenStack-enabled Intercloud is designed to enable organizations and users to combine and move workloads – including data and applications – across different public or private clouds as needed, while maintaining associated network and security policies. It will also utilize Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to optimize application performance and to make rolling out new services much faster. Cisco will improve application security, compliance, auditing and mobility by using ACI’s centralized, programmable security policy to enable fine-grained control and isolation at scale; suitable for private and public cloud environments.

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