A lot has happened since I last discussed our Intercloud strategy in April of this year. In fact, since introducing Intercloud in March, Cisco and our partners have been building the world’s largest Intercloud to address customer requirements for a global, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.
If you aren’t familiar with Intercloud, it is designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and near infinite scalability. It offers open APIs to enable customization by customers and by partners, and our partnerships with regional and local cloud providers enable data sovereignty strategies.
Why introduce Intercloud and work with our partners in this way? The answer for us is clear. Our Intercloud strategy expands our addressable Cloud market from $22Bn to $88Bn from 2013-2017.
But that market is only possible through our partners. And that brings me to this latest announcement.
This week, we took our biggest step yet towards realizing our Intercloud vision with the announcement of more than 30 partners worldwide, including three that got their start – and still base themselves – in Canada.
These partners bring more than 250 data centers across 50 countries to the Intercloud. Partners such as Canada’s own CGI, Long View Systems and OnX will bring their cloud and managed services capability to the Intercloud, while Tech Data, Comstor and Ingram Micro join the ecosystem as brokers of Intercloud services.
We asked our Canadian partners for their thoughts on being part of this announcement, and here’s what they shared:
“Long View’s Hybrid IT approach provides our customers with the optimal combination of technology, services and delivery models to drive business outcomes. Cisco’s Intercloud and ACI are going to help accelerate our customers’ achievement of those business outcomes.” – Kent MacDonald, VP, Converged Infrastructure, Long View Systems
“OnX has a long history of managing clients’ mission critical infrastructure and applications in our data centers, in clients’ data centers and in 3rd party data centers, or a hybrid combination of all three. Adding Intercloud to this mix further provides options for managed workloads in multiple locations, burstable demand as well as DR capabilities.” – Roger Hamshaw, VP Marketing for Managed Services, OnX
We welcome Long View, OnX and CGI as Intercloud partners, and are excited to continue building on our cloud momentum in 2015. We’ve come a long way in less than seven months, and as more Canadian organizations turn to cloud services, Cisco and our Intercloud partners will be there to help them get the most of their technology.