A worldwide network of interconnected clouds is how Cisco describes its Intercloud. Peak 10 is now a contributor to that vast network, a multi-billion dollar creation intended to drive a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds.
Given our long-standing technology partnership and the fact that Peak 10’s data center infrastructure is based on Cisco’s UCS computing platform, our inclusion as an Intercloud player is a natural. The potential this represents for our customers and partner community, to positively drive their business success forward in entirely new ways, is unquantifiable.
“We are seeing the creation and establishment of the predominate computing model through the end of this decade,” said Tara Heptinstall, vice president of marketing, Peak 10. “The Intercloud concept is what we all hoped the Internet could eventually become, a seamless and dynamic delivery of aggregated cloud types and services from the best providers.”
As a hybrid services provider, Peak 10 distinguishes itself in a variety of important ways. Its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is engineered for production-grade workloads and enterprise-class availability. Cloud services are optimized for data security and regulatory compliance, including HIPAA- and PCI- compliant clouds, as well as for Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS). Peak 10 works individually with customers to determine business objectives and goals as the first step toward creating solutions tailored to their specific requirements.
Cisco is designing the Intercloud to deliver enterprise-class cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers, with the ability to move application workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds and cloud providers. For moving workloads, Cisco announced that the Intercloud Fabric is now shipping. This software allows workloads to migrate from private to hybrid and public clouds no matter which provider is offering the public service.
According to a recent announcement regarding new alliances and launch of the Intercloud Fabric, the reach of the Intercloud is now expanded by 250 additional data centers – including Peak 10’s 25 data centers – in 50 countries. Cisco’s plan to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything is greatly expanded, as well. Designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability, Cisco’s open approach to the Intercloud allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty.
Cisco President Rob Lloyd wrote in a recent blog, “We’ll look back on today as a milestone almost as significant as that day in 1984 when our founders helped two network islands talk to each other. Perhaps more importantly, I think we’ll look back on today as the day we enabled customers to achieve the vision of hybrid IT and created the IT platform truly ready for the Internet of Everything.”