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September 29, 2014

Cisco and Equinix to bridge clouds

Firms will work on accelerating connections between public and private.

By Ben Sullivan

Cisco and Equinix have announced that they will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that use Cisco’s Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Cisco and its partners are building the Intercloud — the worldwide network of interconnected clouds designed to improve enterprise opportunities by connecting fragmented and custom-built clouds with open APIs. Cisco said that traditionally, security and performance concerns have deterred businesses from accessing cloud environments via the public Internet, and it has been challenging for organisations to bridge the gap between public and private clouds.

Cisco and Equinix plan to develop a hosted private cloud solution for the Intercloud. The solution will use the Equinix Cloud Exchange to provide private access to the ecosystem of cloud service providers in Equinix data centers globally.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is an interconnection solution that enables on-demand access to multiple clouds, including AWS and Microsoft Azure.

CTO of Equinix, Ihab Tarazi, said: "What Cisco and Equinix are doing together is all about visibility and control. By connecting Cisco Intercloud and Cloud Exchange, we are adding policy, performance, security and visibility all the way to the application level, removing performance concerns sometimes associated with hybrid cloud services.

"Elasticity is essential for enterprises, and by providing a private, high bandwidth, highly secure infrastructure, we’re allowing enterprises to achieve their vision of a truly elastic cloud."

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