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Everything You Want To Know About Cisco’s $1B InterCloud

cisco-2Networking giant Cisco says it expects to invest over $1 billion over the next two years to build the world’s largest global InterCloud, architected for the Internet of Everything. Here is everything you want to know:

What is InterCloud? The InterCloud is an interconnected global ‘cloud of clouds’ and an extension of the Internet ‘network of networks’ on which it is based. You can read more about it on Wikipedia here.

Where will the InterCloud be hosted? The Intercloud will be hosted across a network of Cisco and partner data centers.

What will be the architecture of the InterCloud? Cisco’s InterCloud will have a distributed network and security architecture; designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, ‘near infinite’ scalability, and compliance with local data sovereignty laws, according to the company.

Will InterCloud be open? Yes. And it will feature APIs for rapid application development.

What will be the business model for the InterCloud? Cisco says it is going with a partner-centric business model, enabling partner capabilities and investments. Companies Cisco is partnering with include Telstra, Wipro, and Ingram Micro, among others.

What will be the go-to-market strategy for the Cisco InterCloud? Cisco will sell new services based on the InterCloud through channel partners and directly to end customers.

What are some of the things companies can do on the InterCloud? The Cisco OpenStack-enabled Intercloud will let users combine and move workloads, including data and applications, across different public or private clouds. It will also utilize the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to optimize application performance.

What is the Internet of Everything? Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable. You can read more about it here.

What is the size of the Internet of Everything? The Internet of Everything market is expected to be a $19 trillion economic opportunity in the coming decade, according to Cisco.

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