Google and Cisco are teaming up to take on enterprise cloud leader, Amazon Web Services with a new service that is designed to help organisations develop, deploy, and manage applications seamlessly and consistently whether they are based on premises or in the cloud.

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Under the partnership between the two technology heavyweights, Cisco’s networking and security software and hardware will be combined with Google’s cloud services and technologies to create a hybrid cloud offering for businesses.

Rather than manage all their IT services on the cloud or on premises, many companies today choose a hybrid of both solutions. The hybrid approach allows organisations to combine the advantages of ‘as-a-service’ and ‘in-house’ approaches as managing such deployments can prove difficult and challenging. According to Kip Compton, Cisco’s vice president of cloud platform and solutions:

“There are significant differences between public and private clouds, and it’s hard to write applications that can move easily between these environments, let along provide a consistent experience for developers”.

By combining forces, Google and Cisco hope to provide a solution to such challenges that does not lock customers into a single vendor solution.

Google and Cisco said their hybrid cloud offering will provide tools for orchestration and management, networking, security, network and application performance monitoring as well as automation. Google’s cloud services will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, while Cisco software can be licensed under one, three, five-year subscriptions.

The yet to be named hybrid solution will be available to customers in the first half of 2018 with a general rollout sometime later in the year.


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