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Cisco invests for global cloud network

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Cisco have announced that more than 30 additional companies, including Deutsche Telekom, BT, NTT DATA and Equinix, have added their support to the hybrid cloud network Intercloud.

News follows the completion of its purchase of Metacloud, which deploys and operates OpenStack-as-a-Service model, private clouds for global organisations. Cisco will invest $1 billion over the next two years linking 250 additional data centres in 50 countries. The aim is to build a worldwide network of interconnected clouds – which Cisco and its partners are rapidly developing to enable a new generation of standardised cloud applications and the proliferation of secure hybrid clouds.

“Since we announced our OpenStack-based cloud strategy six months ago, we’ve received tremendous industry-wide support. The strategy is gaining momentum in the open source community and providing partners with a powerful cloud platform with global reach, and Internet scale and efficiencies,” said Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales.