CRN Magazine | June 10, 2015

Cisco ‘Completes’ Intercloud Ecosystem With New Application Developers Program

Cisco’s Intercloud strategy just got a shot in the arm with the introduction of a new program for application developers.

At Cisco Live on Wednesday, executives revealed that 35 independent software vendors (ISVs) had been “hand-picked” to join the Intercloud partner ecosystem alongside cloud builders, resellers and providers with the addition of a new Intercloud Application Developers Program.

“So far it’s been about the resellers, the service providers, the Intercloud builders, but we’ve not said anything about independent third-party application developers,” said Nick Earle, senior vice president of global cloud and managed services sales, in an interview with CRN. “We’re opening up our APIs on the network as part of our [software-defined networking] strategy, so we’re basically making the underlying network programmable.”

The first wave of ISVs will build cloud services for Intercloud to help customers capture the opportunities created by the emerging Internet-of-Everything (IoE) market — Cisco’s version of the Internet of Things.

Some notable, new Intercloud ISV partners include Apprenda, Citrix, Cloudify, Chef, Cloudera, MongoDB and F5 Networks. The ISVs are focusing on three key areas: “next generation” developer platforms, big data and analytics, and IoE cloud services…