To provide highly secure cloud platform for ‘Internet of Everything’
The networked connection of people, data, processes and things
CISCO Inc has announced new cloud partners and customers, and an updated array of cloud service offerings as part of its plan to build the world's largest global ‘Intercloud.’
Together with its partners, Cisco aims to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the ‘Internet of Everything,’ the company said in a statement.
Designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and ‘near infinite’ scalability, Cisco’s open Intercloud allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty, it claimed.
The hybrid cloud capabilities that differentiate the Cisco Cloud are built upon the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric technologies.
This innovation was made possible with its Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
The company is also expanding the Cisco Powered programme to include Cisco Cloud Services. These new services and Cisco’s new Intercloud initiative will be delivered through Cisco partners.
“In an increasingly connected world, businesses have a need to embrace the latest technological innovations to stay ahead of their competitors,” said Albert Chai (pic), country manager for Cisco in Malaysia.
“According to Gartner, businesses’ investment in cloud is increasing significantly. Malaysia's IT spending is predicted to increase by 10.2% and reach almost RM69.8 billion in 2014, with cloud spending being the prime driver for this increase.
“Acknowledging this fact, Intercloud is essential to realising the potential of the networked connection of people, data, processes and things, in the era of the Internet of Everything (IoE).
“By doing so, businesses can unlock the potential economic opportunity of US$19 trillion (RM61 trillion) in the coming decade,” he added.
International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that by 2017, 70% of IT departments in Asia will embrace a cloud-first strategy over any investment in IT infrastructure and services.
“In Malaysia, as cloud computing reaches its sophomore stage, businesses will start to increasingly embrace cloud computing resulting in a growing need for solutions and services that could work seamlessly across a multitude of public and private clouds operated by different providers,” said Chai.
“Cisco aims to fulfil this need through Intercloud by ushering a world of many clouds where businesses can now choose the right platform for the right tasks and the right results,” he added.
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