Cisco Unveils Intercloud – Just Another Hybrid Cloud?

One of the big challenges with implementing a true hybrid cloud in the enterprise environment has been compatibility.

In other words, will the private cloud we’ve created inside our company work seamlessly with the public cloud like Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google’s Cloud Platform?

By seamlessly, I mean will the hybrid cloud provide the same amount of security, reliability, and portability?

Because when you’re connecting a private cloud to the public, you have to make sure the connection is secure and the data and applications are all in sync and if we need to use another cloud provider, we need to easily switch over.

Cisco Unveils Intercloud at Cisco Live Milan (January 27-31, 2014)

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Here’s how Intercloud works:

Cisco claims this would be perfect to extend your company’s capabilities, whether its expanding your data center, increasing computing power, the public cloud basically becomes your cloud.

The key here is Intercloud supposedly will allow you to have the same level of security, meaning the same security policies can be enforced.

And to top it all off, you’ll have a choice* of providers. Initially I believe only AWS and Azure is supported, but I hope this list continues to grow.

My concern is if it’s difficult or too costly for public cloud providers to implement Intercloud, it may not take off.

In reality, most enterprises develop a private cloud environment and then search for a public cloud provider that will best connect the two clouds1.

If this all works as promised, it’s a big milestone.

In any case, Cisco deserves kudos for driving this.

I’m really excited for Intercloud. Essentially, it’s like having “virtual” clouds. You’ll be able to connect to any cloud instance when you need it.

How do you feel about Intercloud?

Industry Perspectives on Cisco InterCloud

Additional Resources

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