I am very excited about the Equinix-Cisco partnership because it brings significant value, stability and security to enterprises and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers as they start to build hybrid cloud solutions.
What trends are driving a need for this collaboration?
Enterprises are moving towards a hybrid cloud model because they see business value in treating different types of IT services differently, based on their benefits, costs and risks. But to do this, most enterprises and SaaS providers must construct application architectures that employ a hybrid cloud model.
For example, an application like Uber that provides taxi/shuttle services is composed of multiple services, including 1) credit card processing; 2) analytics on passenger/driver data; and 3) data services to access live traffic and event schedule data. In many cases, these services will be hosted by multiple private and public clouds, and the underlying infrastructure running these different clouds could vary greatly. That is, the credit card processing could be done in a private cloud whose infrastructure is being managed by Cisco Metacloud OpenStack distribution, while the analytics processing could be occurring in a public cloud, such as AWS. That creates a need to stitch the disparate underlying infrastructures into a seamless whole that can satisfy the performance and availability service level agreements (SLAs) and security and compliance policies of the applications.
How does this all work?
Cisco’s InterCloud and Equinix Cloud Exchange combine to deliver a unified multi-cloud infrastructure to application builders. An enterprise or a SaaS provider that wants to build a hybrid cloud application will specify its SLAs and policy requirements to the Cisco InterCloud director. The director will then work with the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services at each of the individual clouds to design the underlying infrastructure. InterCloud will then use the interconnection services provided by Equinix Cloud Exchange APIs to connect the different clouds.
How does this collaboration bring value to the customers?
Enterprises and SaaS providers always have the option to choose the public Internet to construct services that span across multiple clouds. However, the architects of business grade applications (such as real-time analytics) are increasingly realizing that the public Internet cannot consistently meet their stringent performance and security demands. The Cisco InterCloud and Equinix Cloud Exchange partnership enhances hybrid cloud applications by enabling high-performance, end-to-end interconnection between the clouds. These direct, secure connections help satisfy strict performance SLAs and security policies across multiple geographies and network service providers.
In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that hybrid cloud applications are here to stay, and they need a seamless underlying infrastructure that spans multiple clouds. As more business-grade applications start to adopt the hybrid cloud model, they will require solutions like Cisco InterCloud-Equinix Cloud Exchange to satisfy their performance/availability SLAs and security/compliance policies in a cost-effective manner.
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