On Monday (March 24, 2014) Cisco announced that it would be investing $1 billion into what it calls Intercloud – a linked chain of data centres providing services designed to capitalize on the Internet of Things.
Though Cisco has stated that they have no intention of competing with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, or Rackspace, it has assembled a set of partners to offer a global chain of data centres linked by its own network to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.
As originally reported by Information Week, Fabio Gori, director of Cisco cloud marketing said the service, “Is not about five public cloud data centers worldwide.” 9 partners will help Cisco build out a set of services on top of OpenStack software to serve as worldwide data-collection points for device data, analytics, and data warehousing; including Australian partner Telstra, which will put its initial set online in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Ultimately, Cisco envisions that customers will drive a device or set of devices to direct data streams into the Cisco Intercloud – where Cisco services will recognize the type of data and the device from which it originates, assign it to a repository with the proper data owner, and then engage in real-time data collection.
Though it may sound rather complicated, Cisco is looking to put Intercloud online by the end of the year – with an end goal, “to become the number one supplier of cloud services to IT out there,” says Gori.
For more, check out the full story courtesy of Information Week.