Google and Cisco partner on hybrid cloud platform

26 October, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Google and Cisco announce hybrid cloud partnership

The companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform.

Cisco's developer network, DevNet, is offering a set of tools for developers "to explore open source technologies, build hybrid cloud solutions and further develop IoT opportunities" alongside the announcement. The hybrid cloud offering will include hardware, software and cloud services components that can be bought together or separately and tailored to a business' particular needs. The solution will be available to a limited number of customers during the first part of 2018, with general availability during the second half of the year.

From a Cisco standpoint, the partnership comes as the tech giant continues to pivot away from traditional markets, evident through through plans to acquire BroadSoft in an attempt to reinvent itself as a software and cloud vendor.

Organizations may want to run some workloads in public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or IBM while keeping others in house on public clouds for such reasons ranging from security and privacy to protecting datacenter investments and regulatory compliance. "In essence, allowing applications to extend across environments where they can take advantage of applications and services residing in other datacenters and clouds".

Announced on Wednesday (Oct. 25), the deal "facilitates and an easy and incremental approach to tapping into the benefits of the cloud", Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, noted in a statement. "There are significant differences between public and private clouds, and it's hard to write applications that can move easily between these environments, let alone provide a consistent experience for developers".

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For on-premise IT, she said businesses will be able to use Cisco's hyper-converged platform, HyperFlex, to provide a cloud-ready architecture for Kubernetes and containers, along with management tools to enforce security and consumption policies.

The fully supported solution will develop, run, secure, and monitor workloads, according to a blog post from Nan Boden, head of global technology partners at Google Cloud.

This solution will allow customer apps to be located within on-premise environments, but it can also be expanded out onto the Google Cloud Platform.

"Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer - agility and scale coupled with enterprise-class security and support", said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer at Cisco. The solution will also offer open-source service management via Istio, a microservices development and management offering released earlier this year by Google, IBM, and Lyft. In addition, developers using Google Cloud have access to a wealth of information, tools, and documentation from the innovator in container management and Kubernetes.

"You want to carry your networking and security capabilities with you", Fabio Gori, the senior director for cloud solutions marketing at Cisco told me.

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