Cisco Targets Connected Clouds With CloudVerse

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On Tuesday Cisco (CSCO) introduced CloudVerse, a framework that combines foundational elements needed to enable organizations to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds.

The Cisco CloudVerse framework will bring together key Cisco products and solutions for cloud computing, combining Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services.

The CloudVerse initiative focuses on preparing companies for a “world of many clouds” in which computing workloads may move between clouds and data centers. Last week Cisco released its Cloud Index offering data on growth projections for cloud computing and data storage. As you might expect, a key focus for Cisco is the network, and how data moves back and forth between the physical environments that store and process all this data.

Multiple Components to CloudVerse Strategy

The Unified Data Center solution provides a fabric-based platform automating the “as-a-service” model across physical and virtual environments, and is designed to scale with business demands by flexibly allocating resources within and between data centers.

Cisco Intelligent Automation for the Cloud provides automated provisioning and management of data center resources for the delivery of cloud services within and between data centers. Cisco Intelligent Automation for the Cloud is designed to provide automated provisioning and management of data center resources for the delivery of cloud services within and between data centers. The Network Services Manager will automatically create, deploy and modify physical and virtual networking resources on demand.

Cloud-to-Cloud

Several cloud-to-cloud capabilities exist in the CloudVerse framework. Dynamic resource identification, allocation and optimization between data centers and clouds will be driven by the Cisco Network Positioning System on the ASR1000 and 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in 2012. Several new features have been added to Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), including private cloud HCS, Mobile HCS and customer collaboration offerings.

“Until now cloud technology resided in silos, making it harder to build and manage clouds, and to interconnect multiple clouds, posing critical challenges for many organizations,” said Padmasree Warrior,Cisco senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer.  “Cisco uniquely enables the world of many clouds – connecting people, communities and organizations with a business-class cloud user experience for the next-generation Internet.  We are very pleased that many of the world’s leading businesses and service providers are adopting CloudVerse as the foundation of their cloud strategies, and we look forward to partnering closely with them on their journey to a world of many clouds.”

We’re moving to a world where our business customers want to experience services anywhere, anytime on any device,” said Kerry Bailey, president of Terremark, a Verizon Company.  “Cisco CloudVerse is architected to help deliver on the promise of cloud by unifying compute, storage and network resources that can be securely and rapidly repurposed and managed on-demand to meet the needs of different customers or applications.  These capabilities are fundamental to the cloud and the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network is purpose-built to help deliver the security, scalability and flexibility we need.”

1.6 Zettabytes

Cisco’s Cloud Index predicts that more than 50 percent of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based by 2014, and that global cloud traffic will grow over 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year. Cisco’s CloudVerse framework is architected to give an integrated management approach and to deliver a business-class cloud experience within the cloud, between clouds, and beyond the cloud to the end user.

About the Author

John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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