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December 06, 2011

Cisco News - Cisco Rolls Out CloudVerse Framework to Integrate Data Center, Cloud Applications

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

On the heels of releasing a report that reveals how significantly the cloud is transforming IT and consumer services, Cisco (News - Alert) is rolling out a new framework that will help organizations build and manage public, private as well as hybrid clouds.

Company officials said that Cisco CloudVerse combines key cloud elements – Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services – to help businesses realize the benefits of clouds: improved agility, better economics and enhanced security.

Last week, Cisco released its Cloud Index predicting how dramatically clouds are transforming business IT and consumer services.

Building on the research approach of Cisco’s popular Visual Networking Index (which looks at service provider network traffic), provides some intriguing and valuable insights about emerging trends affecting data centers, cloud architectures and the readiness of service provider networks to accommodate the big waves heading their way.

The study predicts that over 50 percent of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based by 2014, and that global cloud traffic will grow over 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year – the equivalent of over four days of business-class video for every person on earth.

Further, Cisco’s study suggests that the explosive growth in clouds requires advanced capabilities that allow the data center and network to work together to support end-to-end cloud application delivery.

As Cisco officials explained, most cloud technologies exist in silos, which lack a more efficient, integrated approach.

A number of service providers, and governments announced today that they are adopting Cisco CloudVerse as the foundation of their cloud strategies, including: ACS, a Xerox Company, Fujitsu (News - Alert), NWN, LinkedIn, Orange Business Services, Qualcomm, Silicon Valley Bank, Telecom Italia, Telefónica S.A., Telstra, and Terremark, a Verizon Company.

Sonu Nayyar, director product operations said that Cisco’s ASR 9000 Aggregation Services Router has helped LinkedIn (News - Alert) to rapidly scale access to the social network’s next-generation data center to meet its growing bandwidth requirements and ensure the availability of services.

“Our relationship with Cisco helps us to maintain our industry-leading reputation, reduce infrastructure costs and is integral to our continued success,” Nayyar said.

Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TMCnet, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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