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Intercloud extends management to AWS VMs

Cloud to get app-like with partner marketplace

Cisco's decided to Borg Microsoft and Amazon services into its Intercloud, in the latest round of Intercloud Fabric software releases.

On-boarding for AWS VMs lets companies identify machines already on the Amazon cloud, and put them under Intercloud Fabric control; and Intercloud's zone-based firewall has wrapped its arms around Microsoft Azure.

Cisco also launched a club of 35 partners announced as part of the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace, in what the company says will simplify hybrid cloud infrastructure.

There's also additional security measures, increased manageability, and the support for additional hypervisors.

The company will offer its hybrid cloud services via the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace, slated for introduction in the third quarter of this year. The Marketplace is intended as a global storefront for Intercloud-based applications and cloud services from Cisco and its partners.

Cisco also indicated it is partnering with 35 companies to harness hybrid cloud opportunities across three key areas: next generation developer platforms, big data and analytics, and internet of everything cloud services.

The 35 partners will offer their software and services through Cisco’s Intercloud Marketplace.

For its focus on developer platforms, Cisco is partnering with companies including Apprenda, Active State and Docker to make their cloud developer platforms part of the Intercloud. The company is also building an integrated toolset for continuous integration and deployment of container-based micro-services.

The company will also partner with organisation such as Hortonworks and the Apache Hadoop Community to provide a hybrid implementation of Enterprise Big Data Solutions. By enabling the cloud to be a natural extension of what many of our customers are already doing on-premise and delivering a truly integrated hybrid big data practice, enterprises will have virtually "unlimited scale" and flexibility to support the dynamic nature of their big data implementation.

The internet of everything will also be a key focus, with Cisco exposing frameworks and APIs to the developer that allow network control, performance and security to be delivered from the data centre to the device – something the company says is critical when it comes to connecting billions of things to the internet.

Cisco's announcement, along with a full list of marketplace partners, is here. ®

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