Cloud computing is the buzzword today, which is why organisations need to understand the base requirements behind cloud services. This is an important first step that must be taken before implementing this new technology. Cloud computing has had a greater impact on enterprise-based and private online environments in the delivery of shared resources, software and information as a utility over a network. Global networking company, Cisco, with its system integration partners help customers build customised cloud computing platforms. The company offers a number of services including firewall services, IP trunking services, and MPLS VPN.
For the most part, cloud computing is based on virtualisation with the ability to dynamically allocate and move resources around. Cisco continues to help enterprises build private clouds without becoming a full-fledged service provider. The company provides guidance on building and managing automation services around cloud. With networking being Cisco’s strength, they are in a good position to create a platform for cloud services for their enterprise customers who can build public clouds for other businesses. Cisco works with various open source communities, which is a hub for cloud activity. The company has recognised the contribution of open source to technology and cloud computing. They also work with Red Hat in contributing to open source code. In the recent months, Cisco has doubled the density of their UCS or Unified Computing System, which is currently the core of its cloud strategy. Cisco also joined the OpenStack community to help with the design and development of open source codes.