Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Google and Cisco announce hybrid cloud partnership

The solution is created to get apps and services deployed, managed and secured across both on-prem environments and the Google Cloud Platform.

A blog by Google's head of global technology partners Nan Boden says: "Our work with Cisco enables app developers to build modern services that scale and can extend their customer reach while consuming data locked in existing systems that have not yet made the move to the cloud". 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.

Some analysts said the partnership will could help Google Cloud better compete with Microsoft, which already offers a hybrid cloud service.

For on-premise IT, she said businesses will be able to use Cisco's hyper-converged platform, HyperFlex, to provide a cloud-ready architecture for Kubernetes and containers, along with management tools to enforce security and consumption policies.

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

The joint solution will be sold and supported by Google Cloud, Cisco and Cisco's partner network worldwide. The launch will bring together the likes of Google's open-source Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee offerings with Cisco extensive existing multicloud portfolio. In 2015, Google had a 5 percent market share when it comes to selling tools for developers to create and maintain apps through the cloud, compared to Microsoft's almost 16 percent, according to research firm IDC. "A dramatic expansion of the services available in the major public clouds, a heightened focus by cloud platform suppliers on enterprise customers, and major improvements in performance and security have driven the growth in public cloud adoption". "They're looking for cloud speed and scale and agility, but they want the flexibility of running applications in private data centers as well as in public clouds". Details on exactly what the product will entail are a bit scarce right now, but Cisco expects to begin testing it with a small group of customers next year, with general availability in the second half of 2018. Hence, Kubernetes would operate similarly on Cisco private cloud infrastructure as well as Google Container Engine, the company's managed Kubernetes service.

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