Google and Cisco team up for hybrid cloud partnership


Google and Cisco have announced a partnership that will deliver a hybrid cloud solution and extend both Cisco’s current multi-cloud portfolio as well as Google’s hybrid cloud technologies.

According to details provided by both companies, which is not much, the new hybrid cloud solution will focus on enterprises and Google’s Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee hybrid-cloud technologies.

The new solution promises to bring a unique and open hybrid cloud solution that will deliver cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security. This will allow enterprises to run, secure and monitor workloads, optimize current investments and plan their cloud migration on their own terms.

“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.

The new Google/Cisco hybrid solution will use policy-based Kubernetes orchestration and resource management, offer extended network and security policy with multiple on-premises and cloud environments and security options, real-time network and application performance monitoring and automation and hyper-converged platform supporting existing application and cloud-native Kubernetes environments.

It also comes with service management with Google’s Istio and API management with Apigee and will be developer ready with Cisco’s DevNet Developer Center, with plenty of tools and resources for cloud and enterprise developers. The entire platform will have joint and coordinated technical support.

Google and Cisco promise that the new hybrid cloud solution will be available to a limited number of customers during the first part of 2018, with general availability late in the year.

This partnership will obviously help Google get into that lucrative enterprise cloud market and push its Kubernetes open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications to a whole new level and offer Cisco a bigger place on the cloud networking market as well.


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