Cisco launches CloudVerse its integrated cloud platform

Cisco has pulled together its various strands for CloudVerse, aimed at service providers and large enterprises

It’s taken a bit of time but vendors are now beginning to address the underlying network infrastructure as a means of improving cloud performance.

Cisco is the latest company to pull the different strands of cloud into one platform by launching CloudVerse.

Announcing the launch, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior said that CloudVerse was based on three elements: the Unified Data Center, the Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services. She said that Cisco was ahead of the competition by being the only company with the “networking DNA” to make this vision a reality.

To support the new launch, Cisco has announced two new Unified Management capabilities: Cisco Intelligent Automation for the Cloud has been designed to provide automated provisioning and management of data center resources, while the Network Services Manager will be used to apply physical and virtual networking resources on demand.

Cisco will also be introducing a new element to its Intelligent Network offering. The Network Positioning System, which will be introduced on the ASR 1000 and 9000 routers (to be launched next year), will enable more dynamic provisioning of workloads between data centres and clouds. According to Cisco’s own Cloud Index, announced last week, predicted that cloud traffic will be half of all data centre workloads by 2014. The company has also announced a range of new features to its Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) for service providers.

Cisco has already signed up an impressive list of launch customers, including Terremark, Orange Business Services, Qualcomm, Fujitsu and LinkedIn.

Warrior said the more efficient delivery of CloudVerse meant that companies could be looking at cost savings of up to 50 percent,; a figure that was endorsed by some of its customers. Kerry Bailey president of Terremark said that he would be able to reduce his network expenditure by about 50 percent.

The Cisco move follows the announcement two weeks ago of CloudBand from Alcatel-Lucent, another major telecoms equipment vendor looking to penetrate the world of the cloud. Unlike Alcatel-Lucent, however, Cisco has all the requisite components within its own portfolio.

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