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Cisco confirms closure of Intercloud public cloud platform in 2017

Networking giant says change in cloud strategy indicates how users’ technology needs are evolving

Cisco is bowing out of the public cloud market, having confirmed that its Intercloud platform will close in March 2017, nearly three years after it was first announced.

In a statement to Computer Weekly, the company said the move was part of the networking giant’s bid to ensure its technology strategy remains in line with its customers’ needs.

“The cloud market has shifted considerably in the last two years, and many of our customers are asking Cisco to help them develop cloud strategies that will help drive their digital transformations,” the company said.

“With the global availability of cloud offerings, the trend toward rapid application development with microservices, and the ability to orchestrate workloads across private and public clouds, Cisco has evolved its cloud strategy from federating clouds to helping customers build and manage hybrid IT environments.”

The Cisco Intercloud comprises a worldwide network of interconnected, compatible and open clouds, which customers can use to access a marketplace of hybrid-ready cloud services. It was first announced by the company in early 2014.

The platform is based on OpenStack’s open source cloud technology and features Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to optimise the performance of applications and accelerate the roll-out of new services.

News of the closure comes several months after Cisco first announced that it would cease support for the Intercloud Fabric software in April 2020.

This part of the Intercloud proposition enables users to link up on-premise datacentre resources with the public cloud to create hybrid environments.

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Cisco’s end-of-life release notes say that users of the software should consider swapping Intercloud Fabric with the Cisco CloudCenter, but concedes that this is not a like-for-like replacement.

“Cisco CloudCenter takes a different, application-oriented approach to hybrid cloud and should not be considered a complete functional or direct replacement for Intercloud Fabric,” it states.

The Cisco statement, which confirms the closure of Intercloud, adds that work will soon begin to help users with “transitioning affected workloads” to other platforms and that it does not see this move having any impact on customers.

“Our cloud strategy centres on building and delivering secure hybrid cloud infrastructure, platforms and services – with our partners – that offer customers the freedom to choose the best environments and consumption models for their traditional and new cloud-native applications,” the statement said.

While public cloud-related market share data for Cisco Intercloud remains elusive, the company is not alone in turning its back on this part of the market. HPE and Dell have abandoned similar endeavours in recent years.

In all cases, industry watchers have been quick to blame the runaway success of the big four public cloud companies – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM and Microsoft – for so many of their competitors leaving the market.

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