Behind Cisco’s strategy for the cloud there are three underlying strategic pillars:Provide the essential building blocks, architectures, solutionsand integrated systems for customers BUILDING clouds. These include our highly differentiated products such as our unified computing system, our switching and routing products such as Nexus and CRS/ASR and our network enabling services (WaaS, Ace) which radically simplify the building of the cloud infrastructure.Alignmentwith best-of-breed partners, to provide fully-tested, INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS for customers deploying cloud services. For these customers we’ve worked closely with industry leading partners such as EMC, Netapp, Vmware, BMC, CA, Redhat and others to deliver complete solutions which dramatically shorten the time for a service provider or enterprise to deploy cloud servicesSimplify and accelerate the USE of cloud services by providing capabilities to enable users, both business and consumer, to collaborate and securely access cloud services. Cisco provides solutions to deliver cloud services like Infrastructure as a service, Hosted Collaboration, security and others. Customers want to access cloud services through a variety of different devices not just their desktops - telepresence, tablets, virtual desktops - all relying on the networkThese pillars work closely together to enable Cisco to best serve our customers in their journey to the cloud and to spur the growth of the overall cloud market. While many promote how easy it is to use cloud computing, little is said about the hard workinvolved in building a cloud. Cisco’s approach directly addresses this issue by providing higher-level building blocks for cloud providers, whether private, public, or hybrid.
Customer ChoiceMany customers have already standardized on an orchestration/ management platform. A unique strength of the Cisco approach is that we work with the leading players in the industry and have many customer successes deploying our cloud platforms in environments where they are integrated into an existing orchestration framework. If you are evaluating a new orchestration platform as part of your cloud build out, let’s touch on a couple of options which have worked well with other customers.Cisco Intelligent Automation: (Tidal + Newscale) Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud is an advanced automation and orchestration software stack for private cloud computing and data center automation. It stands at the core of a heterogeneous technology private cloud and works with both virtual and physical infrastructure across the compute, network, storage, and application domains. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud provides automation across the various elements of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) clouds.BMC CLM: BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management enables IT organizations to build a flexible, controlled cloud environment that meets business needs and sets the standard for intelligent, policy-based ongoing operations. Designed to deliver complete business services, BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management builds and operates clouds that work for your business. BMC CLM is tightly integrated into Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery architecture and increases the scalability of Cloud computing environments for Service Provider and other large-scale multi-tenant clouds by automating and simplifying the service orchestration and management of their service portfolios.