Cisco Acquires Private Cloud Provider Metacloud

In a move to beef up its Intercloud strategy, Cisco is acquiring a privately-held company called Metacloud. The firm deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations with an OpenStack-as-a-service model.

MetacloudEUs model stands out in the industry because it both delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customerEUs data center. Cisco figures the platform will accelerate its strategy to build the worldEUs largest Intercloud. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

InterCloud is CiscoEUs relatively new hybrid cloud solution that aims to lower the total cost of cloud services ownership for IT organizations and pave the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds.

Simplifying OpenStack Deployment

EUCloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape. To enable greater business agility and lower costs, organizations are shifting from an on-premise IT structure to hybrid IT -- a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications,EU said Hilton Romanski, Senior Vice President of Cisco Corporate Development. EUThe resulting silos present a challenge to IT administrators, as choice, visibility, data sovereignty and protection in this world of many clouds requires an open platform.EU

Cisco is betting MetacloudEUs technology will play a critical role in enabling its customers to experience what Romanski called a EUseamless journey to a new world of many clouds, providing choice, flexibility, and data governance.EU The goal is to help customers address demands for a globally distributed, secure cloud platform that can meet the demands of the Internet of Everything.

We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take the buy. He told us Metacloud is a strategic acquisition for Cisco.

EUMetacloud certainly bolsters CiscoEUs Intercloud strategy, especially for customers that want to use OpenStack but donEUt have the technical skills to do it,EU Kerravala said.

EUWhat Metacloud offers is a...

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