Cisco Partners with Google to Offer a Robust Hybrid Cloud Platfrom


ciscoCisco, an IT and networking company has partnered with Google to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that aims to help clients take full advantage of their investments across cloud and on-premises setups.

While this may be perceived differently for people who understand Google’s share and contribution in offering cloud services, it makes sense as the search giant is obviously surpassing set margins thanks to its massive and centralized data centers, as well as its focus in hiring industry-leading IT professionals in unmasking cloud services. On the other hand, customers want hybrid cloud solutions, which is Cisco’s forte as Google does not have a fine grasp about on-premise functions. Thus, a partnership with Cisco is a no-brainer because the IT corporation understands the dynamics of hybrid cloud services, which is what Google needs to complement its brand.

On the whole, this new working relationship will offer a platform for companies to provide a unique and open hybrid cloud system that enables apps and services to be deployed, monitored and secured across on-premises setups and Google Cloud Platform. The partnership promises speed and scale that emphasizes on enterprise-class security measures.

What is more, the solution will provide businesses with a platform to run, secure and manage workloads. By doing so, their environment will be optimized in terms of existing investments, in addition to the ability of performing cloud migration functions at their own pace to avoid vendor lock in. At the same time, companies can develop new apps in the cloud or on premises by leveraging the use of the same developer tools.

“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,” said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer, Cisco. “We share a common vision of a hybrid cloud world that delivers the speed of innovation in an open and secure environment to bring the right solutions to our customers.”

“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,” said Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud.

Cisco and Google Cloud hybrid solution focuses on:

  • Orchestration and Management– Policy-based Kubernetes orchestration and lifecycle management of resources, applications and services across hybrid environments
  • Networking– Extend network policy and configurations to multiple on-premises and cloud environments
  • Security– Extend Security policy and monitor applications behavior
  • Visibility and Control– Real-time network and application performance monitoring and automation
  • Cloud-ready Infrastructure– Hyperconverged platform supporting existing application and cloud-native Kubernetes environments
  • Service Management with Istio– Open-source solution provides a uniform way to connect, secure, manage and monitor microservices
  • API Management –Google’s Apigee enterprise-class API management enables legacy workloads running on premises to connect to the cloud through APIs
  • Developer Ready – Cisco’s DevNet Developer Center provides tools and resources for cloud and enterprise developers to code in hybrid environments
  • Support –Joint coordinated technical support for the solution

The service will be available to select clients in early 2018. Wider availability will follow later on.