Google and Cisco forge hybrid enterprise cloud services partnership

25 Oct 2017

Google office, Mountain View. Image: Uladzhik Kryhin/Shutterstock

Google and Cisco are teaming up to close the cloud gap.

Cisco and Google have today (25 October) announced a hybrid cloud partnership to deliver a solution that will apparently help customers make the most of their investments across cloud and on-premises environments.

Essentially, the partnership will combine the search behemoth’s data centre and open-source software expertise with Cisco’s global salesforce, security and customer support.

The product aims to provide help to organisations and businesses who have mixed computing needs and wish to approach cloud migration in a more staggered way.

Speed, scale, security

A statement from Cisco read: “The companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform.

“The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security.”

Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, said that the partnership with Google would give customers “the very best cloud has to offer – agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support”.

Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, added that the new offering would facilitate “an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the cloud”.

Currently, Amazon dominates the cloud market with Amazon Web Services, but this could change now that Google and Cisco are joining forces.

A multitude of tools

There are two particular open-source products that will be useful for customers in the building of applications. One is Kubernetes, a product developed by Google to build and deploy apps in digital containers. The other is Istio, created by Google, Lyft and IBM, which is used for micro-service management.

The statement explained that “enterprise app developers can securely access cloud APIs, and cloud developers can securely access enterprise APIs and on-premises resources” with the new partnership product.

Cisco’s DevNet Developer Centre will provide tools and resources for cloud and enterprise developers to code in hybrid environments. Google’s enterprise-class API management tool Apigee is also in the package, enabling legacy workloads running on premises to connect to the cloud through APIs.

The offering will be available for early customers in the first half of next year, and will hit the wider market in the second half. Expect to see a change in the hybrid cloud market once this partnership rolls out.

Google offices, Mountain View. Image: Uladzhik Kryhin/Shutterstock

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects