International Technology Company Cisco Announces New Data Center Options and CliQr Acquisition

March 2, 2016
International Technology Company Cisco Announces New Data Center Options and CliQr Acquisition
International technology company Cisco Systems (Cisco) has announced the launch of new data center options designed for speedier hybrid cloud deployments. Cisco, which has headquarters in San Jose, California, United States, bills itself as a worldwide leader in IT that “helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected”. The company’s services extend to analytics and automation software, networking software, cloud solutions, data center solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility solutions alongside security options. Its new data center options represent innovations in the areas of networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud orchestration.

Cisco’s scalable switching platforms provide the level of performance required to manage distributed containers and microservices successfully. They also facilitate IP storage and hyperconverged infrastructure that the company claims give its customers a “two-year innovation advantage over competitive technology”. Its new HyperFlex™ Systems offering is underpinned by the company’s UCS compute platform. Cisco HyperFlex Systems extends Cisco’s software-defined infrastructure by adding HyperFlex for storage. The solution caters for a wide range of applications and simplifies policy-based network, compute and storage automation. It also offers the level of operational simplicity that current microservices, containers, and clouds require.

Cisco has also announced that it will acquire Hybrid Cloud Management Platform provider CliQr Technologies Inc. (CliQr). CliQr’s offerings allow business applications to be run on bare-metal and virtualized data center infrastructure environments and in containers. Its proprietary CloudCenter platform will offer customers “comprehensive yet simplified, application-centric orchestration for private, hybrid and public clouds”. CliQr offers a “single, intuitive platform” that will enable Cisco customers to “manage the entire application lifecycle across hybrid IT environments”.

“Cisco’s new data center and cloud solutions will enable our partners to help their customers as they evolve to application-centric data center infrastructure and also address the requirements for DevOps and application developers,” explained Cisco’s Vice President, Global Partner Organization, Ken Trombetta. “We believe this will expand the opportunity for new revenue streams and professional services for Cisco partners.”

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