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Cisco to build global InterCloud for 'Internet of Everything'

US giant Cisco Systems has announced plans to build a global InterCloud - the world's largest network of clouds - in collaboration with a set of partners.

The company expects to invest more than US$1 billion (Bt32.1 billion) to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years.

The Cisco global InterCloud is being architectured for the "Internet of Everything", with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, "near infinite" scalability and full compliance with local data-sovereignty laws.

The first-of-its-kind open InterCloud, which will feature application programming interfaces for rapid app development, will deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers.

The company plans to deliver Cisco Cloud Services with and through its partners. Organisations that are planning to deliver Cisco Cloud Services or have endorsed the global Intercloud initiative include Telstra, Allstream, Canopy, Atos, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, MicroStrategy, OnX Managed Services, SunGard Availability Services, and Wipro.

Its partner-centric business model, which enables partner capabilities and investments, is expected to generate a rapid acceleration of additional investment to drive the global scale and breadth of services that Cisco plans to deliver to its customers.

Hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centres, the Cisco global InterCloud will offer an expanded suite of value-added application and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything.

Vatsun Thirapatarapong, managing director of Cisco Thailand and Indochina, said the networked connection of people, data, processes and things - dubbed the Internet of Everything - is expected to be a $19-trillion economic opportunity in the coming decade.

The Internet of Everything movement is creating an entirely new set of requirements for globally distributed and highly secure clouds, he added.

According to the Electronic Government Agency, the cloud market in Thailand is expected to be Bt2.8 billion this year.

"To boost organisations' adoption of the cloud, it would be great if government could magnetise businesses for cloud adoption by offering prerogative taxes," Vatsun said.

"Today, cloud adoption in Thailand has gained maturity, particularly in government sectors, telecom, healthcare and retail. The timing is just right for Cisco and our partners to invest in a ground-breaking, application-centric global Intercloud to provide broader reach and faster time to market," he added.

The providers of IT services see two major challenges facing their customers as businesses opportunities: how to monetise services and differentiate themselves in a crowded market.

"This has empowered Cisco and our partners to initiate the development of a massively scalable, flexible and highly secure Intercloud to deliver the mobile, collaborative and rich video cloud services.

"We are building the platform for the Internet of Everything by connecting the world of many clouds into the Intercloud, and we are delivering the products, solutions and services to help our customers embrace the benefits of optimising placement of InterCloud workloads," said the MD.


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