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Cisco's Cloud Computing Strategy

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Inter-Cloud

Cloud Musings

A couple of weeks ago, Krishna Sankar provided a glimpse into Cisco's cloud computing strategy in a presentation titled "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Inter-Cloud" . The presentation outlined the four tenets of Cisco's cloud computing strategy:

  • Build Right Products (Unified Fabric, Unified Compute, Virtualization Aware)
  • Technology (Enhanced IP core with tight coupling to software)
  • Multiphased (Standalone Clouds to Enterprise-Class to Inter-Cloud)
  • Open Standards (Accelerate Cloud deployment and federation through Cloud standards)
  • Services/References SW (Services-led Cloud blueprints with reference software stacks)

The presentation also describes and end goal as a time "when enterprise applications can seamlessly move between their internal and external clouds leveraging the elasticity and multi-tenancy that a cloud infrastructure offers".

An "Inter-cloud" standards and protocol roadmap is also offered.

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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE