Cisco plans network of clouds for Internet of Everything

Equipment giant Cisco has unveiled plans to develop a network of clouds that will be “architected” specifically for the Internet of Everything.

Calling the network of clouds Intercloud, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) says it will invest $1 billion in building the expanded cloud business over the next two years and that it expects partners to stump up additional investments for the scheme.

The company has already won the backing of a number of high-profile technology companies for Intercloud, including Telstra (Melbourne, Australia), Allstream (Toronto, Canada), Canopy (London, UK), Ingram Micro (Santa Ana, CA, USA), Logicalis (London, UK), MicroStrategy (Tysons Corner, VA, USA), OnX Managed Services (Chicago, IL, USA), SunGard Availability Services (Wayne, PA, USA) and Wipro (Bangalore, India).

“Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers – all while mitigating the risk of capital investment,” said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales for Cisco.

“The timing is right for Cisco and its partners to invest in a groundbreaking, application-centric global Intercloud to provide broader reach and faster time to market,” he added. “Together, we have the capability to enable a seamless world of many clouds in which our customers have the choice to enable the right, highly secure cloud for the right workload, while creating strategic advantages for rapid innovation, and ultimately, business growth.”

Cisco says Intercloud is to be hosted across a global network of data centers and offer an suite of application- and network-centric cloud services aimed at accelerating Internet of Everything development.

It expects the Internet of Everything to amount to a $19 trillion economic opportunity in the coming decade but says it is creating a new set of requirements for globally distributed and highly secure clouds – explaining the Intercloud move.

Using Intercloud, companies will be able to move data and applications across different public and private networks as and when needed in an easy and secure manner, while maintaining any associated network and security policies.

The company also says it will begin to sell cloud services through channel partners and directly to end customers.

“Our customers will now have access to cloud infrastructure from a global leader, allowing them to select the cloud service to meet their requirements and scale network and cloud resources to deliver service agility, security and performance,” said Erez Yarkoni, executive director of the cloud for global enterprise and services at Telstra.

“Applications are critical to delivering business value and we believe we can offer a differentiated solution for managing applications across clouds.”