Cisco Intercloud adds Deutsche Telekom, BT, NTT DATA, Equinix

To expand the reach of Cisco Intercloud globally, Cisco has added new partners including Deutsche Telekom, BT, NTT DATA and Equinix.

With this the company has expanded the reach of Intercloud by 250 additional data centers in 50 countries, Cisco said.

The partnership will help accelerate the adoption of secure hybrid clouds, the company said in a statement.

Cisco has also announced the availability of Cisco Intercloud Fabric, a software-based building block for hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Cisco’s OpenStack-based cloud approach provides local hosting and provider options that enable data sovereignty. Partners benefit from a powerful cloud platform with global reach and internet scale and efficiencies, the company said.

Cisco will expand partnership with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to deploy Intercloud nodes within DT’s state-of-the-art data centers in Germany, which will be operated by T-Systems, the system solutions unit of DT.

In a similar partnership, BT will leverage Cisco Intercloud Fabric to develop hybrid cloud services that connect with the Cisco Cloud and with the cloud and managed service offerings of Cisco Powered Intercloud Providers. The Intercloud enabled BT Cloud Compute infrastructure will support highly secure, global hybrid clouds with unparalleled workload portability for BT’s customers.

Cisco Intercloud ecosystem partner roles (source-Cisco)Meanwhile Equinix and Cisco will partner to provide enterprise customers with more secure, resilient and efficient interconnections to public clouds. The companies plan to develop a hosted private cloud solution that utilizes the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver highly secure private access to the rich ecosystem of cloud service providers in Equinix data centers globally.

Apart from these, Cisco announced 26 new cloud providers are joining the Intercloud partner ecosystem. These cloud providers will embrace Cisco ACI and Intercloud Fabric.

The new cloud partners include Adapt, ANS Group, BT, CGI Group, Cirrity, CTI, Deutsche Telekom, Ethan Group, Infront Systems, LightEdge Solutions, LG CNS, Logicalis, Long View, Netelligent, NWN, NTT DATA, OneNeck IT Solutions, OnX Managed Services, Peak 10, Presidio, Proxios, PT Portugal/Oi, Quest Media and Supplies, Steria, Virtustream and Wipro.

Cisco also said Dimension Data, Forsythe Technology, Presidio and World Wide Technology are the first solution providers to commit to a new channel program to build Intercloud-ready private clouds based on Cisco Intercloud Fabric.

Comstor, Ingram Micro  and Tech Data will become cloud aggregators for Cisco, providing a one-stop shop to enable and accelerate channel partners’ ability to resell cloud services.

Cisco’s existing partners including Dimension Data, Johnson Controls, Sungard Availability Services, Telstra, NetApp, Red Hat and VCE.

Cisco also announced that its Evolved Services Platform (ESP) now enables cloud providers to deliver two new virtualized and automated managed business services: Security and Cloud VPN.

ESP is a comprehensive virtualization and orchestration software platform that creates, automates and provisions services in real time across compute, storage and network functions.

Cisco Capital has earmarked $1 billion to provide financial solutions that help Cisco customers and partners accelerate the adoption of Cisco technologies needed to transition to Cisco Powered clouds.

Cisco Capital offers will focus on financing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure; facilitating technology migrations; and providing flexible payment structures, Cisco said.

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