Cisco's new CloudVerse framework is designed to enable organizations to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds. It includes some existing Cisco products, such as Unified Computing System servers, Nexus switches and network management applications, as well as new software for collaboration, improved management and enhanced connectivity, and services to help customers design and deploy their environments.
CRYSTAL BALL: Cisco data center forecast cloud-filled
According to Cisco, more than 50% of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based by 2014. Also, global cloud traffic will grow more than twelvefold by 2015, to 1.6 Zettabytes per year -- the equivalent of more than four days of business class video for every person on Earth, the company says.
This expected growth creates the need for tighter interaction between data centers and networks to support end-to-end cloud application and service delivery in a dynamic, on-demand model, Cisco says.
Analysts say CloudVerse will face competition from Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand and from other cloud IT vendors that are expected to soon announce their own comprehensive cloud enablement offerings.
"CloudVerse, and Alcatel-Lucent's recent CloudBand strategy, are the most comprehensive and focused cloud enablement offerings aimed at service providers," says Dana Cooperson of Ovum. "Both have the typical IT elements that are part of any cloud story, but the new part for both Alcatel-Lucent -- which partners with HP for the IT bits -- and Cisco is the emphasis on combining the IT/data center piece with the network/communication piece."
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Others see CloudVerse as a way to overcome barriers to cloud adoption -- but only if customers adopt a Cisco-only solution.