Network World | September 21, 2016

Cisco moves on from Intercloud, will focus on cloud management instead

Intercloud was Cisco’s public cloud plan, but now it’s focusing on hybrid cloud management

Cisco this week released new software and services for helping organizations migrate to cloud-based infrastructure, whether it be infrastructure they run themselves or resources from public cloud providers.

But as part of this effort Cisco is not pointing customers to one of its own public cloud platforms as it has wound down and pivoted away from its multi-year effort to develop its once-heralded Intercloud.

A few years ago Cisco was attempting to build Intercloud, a series of connected public clouds developed by Cisco and its partners that would be networked together. The idea was to create a pool of IaaS capacity all based on Cisco hardware components.

This week Cisco is announcing new services for helping manage clouds. “Cloud orchestration is the brain of the hybrid cloud,” Gori says.A first part of the new offerings will help customers plan for the non-technical aspects of adopting a cloud strategy, including identifying which applications should run in the cloud, what changes need to be made to company process and what new skills are needed. There’s a specific new IT Transformation Service around Devops.

Secondly, Cisco is announcing new partnerships with Apprenda that will help customers deploy application development PaaS platforms.