Cisco and Google partner in effort to boost cloud services

Google & Cisco complete their cloud portfolios with joint hybrid solution

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.

Giant networking vendor Cisco Systems and Google Cloud - the third largest public cloud behind AWS and Azure - are doing this by pooling their resources to develop an open hybrid cloud solution that officials from both companies say will ease the deployment, monitoring and management of applications and services for Cisco customers across on-premises and Google Cloud.

"This partnership to enhance existing on-premises infrastructure and extend it to the cloud addresses tough operational problems that enterprises have traditionally struggled to solve", Nan Boden, head of global technology partners for Google Cloud, wrote in a post on the company blog.

Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, said: "This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the cloud".

Cisco, which in May announced job cuts, announced this week it cut a deal to buy USA cloud communications firm BroadSoft for an overall purchase price of approximately $1.9 billion.

The hybrid service will allow paying clients to manage, work on and secure applications across their corporate data centers and in the cloud.

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Some analysts said the partnership will could help Google Cloud better compete with Microsoft, which already offers a hybrid cloud service.

Early customers will get access to this option in the first part of 2018, with general rollout to follow later that year. "We have seen a natural distribution of existing applications, some that belong on-premises, and some that belong in public cloud", explained Kip Compton, vice president of Cisco's Cloud Platform and Solutions Group.

Under its partnership with Google, Cisco will provide a variety of hybrid cloud tools for developers via its DevNet developer network, including educational tools and a sandbox environment for application development and testing. In theory making the whole process of development a lot simpler.

Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO, said, "Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer - agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support". From there, Cisco's Hyperflex will be running on-premises, customized to hook into Kubernetes and sync every element in real time through what is essentially a cloud container that provides a cloud experience when working on-premises, even offline. Cisco's customers are increasingly using cloud services instead of investing in hardware for their own data centers.

The partnership also extends Cisco's multicloud portfolio and Google Cloud's hybrid cloud technologies (including Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee). "Kubernetes is about seeding the industry with open source standards for application development and operations that aim to disintermediate workloads from a specific IaaS provider". Software components from Cisco will be licensed on an annual subscription basis that include one-, three- and five-year terms and the infrastructure sold on a perpetual basis.

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