Why Cisco Is Good Fit For Google's Push In Cloud Computing

Why Cisco Is Good Fit For Google's Push In Cloud Computing

The trend of companies and consumers opting to access computing power as services hosted online, instead of owning and maintaining their own software, has led to booming growth for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure offerings. Telecommuting, quick product iteration, cloud testing and prototyping, and even organization-wide collaboration and telepresence can all be enabled through the use of a Google Cloud Services backend, while the collaboration with Cisco is created to help more customers seamlessly make that technological jump.

On Wednesday, Google and Cisco announced a new hybrid cloud solution to help customers improve agility and security with an open platform for developing and managing applications both on premises and in Google Cloud.

The deal offers Google access to Cisco's large business customers in an effort to bridge existing data center technology with Google's Cloud.

Cisco, which in May announced job cuts, announced this week it cut a deal to buy USA cloud communications firm BroadSoft for an overall purchase price of approximately $1.9 billion. Google Cloud and Cisco have announced a partnership; analysts said it will help Google Cloud better compete with Microsoft.

"We're working together to deliver a consistent Kubernetes environment for both on-premise Cisco Private Cloud Infrastructure and Google's managed Kubernetes service, Google Container Engine", said Boden. We offer a number of pay-as-you-go models for cloud services, with pricing models described on the Google Cloud pricing page and the Apigee pricing page.




"At the heart of this architecture are open source platforms, Kubernetes and Istio", Google's Boden wrote.

Customers will be able to develop new applications in the cloud or on-premise using the same developer tools, runtime and production environments when the partnership goes live. Cisco's customers are increasingly using cloud services instead of investing in hardware for their own data centers.

"This partnership to enhance existing on-premises infrastructure and extend it to the cloud addresses tough operational problems that enterprises have traditionally struggled to solve", Boden wrote today on the Google blog.

Cisco and Google said their new hybrid cloud offering will provide tools for orchestration and management, networking, security, network and application performance monitoring, and automation. The whole affair runs with Google's world-renowned cloud backend delivered through the Google Cloud Platform, and Istio is on board for traffic control, enforcement of user-set policies across machines and projects, network and connection management, and routing to ensure that work continues smoothly without any network-related hiccups. Software components from Cisco will be licensed on an annual subscription basis that include one-, three- and five-year terms and the infrastructure sold on a perpetual basis. At the time, partners told CRN that the offering, which boasts pricing that appeals to customers evaluating private and public cloud options, could significantly alter the cloud market.

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