The list includes Deutsche Telekom (DT), BT, NTT DATA, and Equinix. Cisco says these partners have joined in order to address the demands of the Internet of Everything.
Cisco has also announced that 26 new cloud providers are joining the Intercloud ecosystem as partners, builders and aggregators.
The company adds that itself and its partners are working on a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of high-security hybrid clouds, and this will add another 250 to the number of the Intercloud data centres in 50 countries.
The company believes this approach will lead to high-value application workloads, “near infinite” scalability, and data sovereignty.
“Since we announced our OpenStack-based cloud strategy six months ago, we’ve received tremendous industry-wide support,” said Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales, in a press release. “The strategy is gaining momentum in the open source community and providing partners with a powerful cloud platform with global reach, and Internet scale and efficiencies. 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.”
Cisco has also announced that it is now shipping its Intercloud Fabric, a high-secure and hypervisor-agnostic cloud interconnect technology.
DT and Cisco
Cisco and DT announced that together they will deploy Intercloud nodes within DT’s data centres. T-Systems, the system solutions unit of DT, will operate these centres and deliver IaaS.
DT’s Intercloud infrastructure, based on OpenStack will incorporate Cisco’s cloud solutions suite, including Cisco Intercloud Fabric (CIF) and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) including Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
BT and Cisco
Cisco and BT together will expand partnering to offer cloud solutions. BT will leverage CIF to develop hybrid cloud services. The BT Cloud Compute infrastructure which spans 20 countries on five continents will become fully Intercloud enabled to support global hybrid clouds for BT’s customers.
BT Cloud Compute is a data centre infrastructure for customers to help manage their cloud service. It integrates Cisco technologies and is available in across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Cloud Compute uses local infrastructure in key regions, allowing customers to be compliant with local laws.
Equinix and Cisco
Cisco and Equinix are planning a private cloud solution that utilizes the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver private access to cloud service providers in Equinix data centres globally. Cisco has plans for Intercloud capabilities in 16 Equinix markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Equinix also plans to deploy Cisco solutions across its Cloud Exchange, including the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch, Cisco APIC, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform.
Intercloud partnership highlights
Telstra became Cisco’s first Intercloud partner in March 2014. Dimension Data and Cisco are partnering to offer a cloud solution that will combine IaaS with Cisco technology and SaaS apps. Sungard Availability Services is using its cloud infrastructure to deliver Cisco Powered cloud services. Red Hat announced it is teaming with Cisco to deliver an OpenStack-based solution for mid-market customers.
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is available immediately.
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