Cisco confirms it’s killing Intercloud public cloud in March 2017
#Cisco has confirmed that it will stop offering its #CiscoIntercloud Services #publiccloud infrastructure in March 2017. Cisco will move workloads to other infrastructure, “including in some cases public cloud,” a spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. The spokesperson would not specify which public clouds will be taking the additional workloads. The Register reported the decision earlier today. Cisco first introduced Intercloud in 2014, emphasizing partnerships with cloud providers and the ability to move workloads from cloud to cloud. In October, Cisco announced a timeline for the end of life for its Intercloud software, which organizations could use to move workloads from private clouds to public clouds. Cisco’s Intercloud Services Platform is different — it includes computing, storage, and networking services that bear a resemblance to what you can find from the top public cloud infrastructure providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. ￼ On the compute side, there are virtual machine (VM) instances optimized for general-purpose workloads, as well as instances optimized for compute, memory, and storage, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Windows operating system (OS) options available, atop Cisco UCS servers running Intel Xeon chips. Cisco also offers block and object storage. Intercloud Services is based on the OpenStack open-source cloud software, like the public cloud that HP launched and then killed. Dell mulled launching an OpenStack-based cloud but backed away form the plans. Rackspace, which helped develop OpenStack, decided to stop providing commodity cloud services based on OpenStack and pivot toward managed cloud in 2014. So Cisco’s choice is not unprecedented. What it is another indication of is the power of the biggest cloud providers, particularly AWS.