Cisco continues expanding its cloud universe

Cisco unites old and new cloud offerings under CloudVerse moniker to help businesses build, manage, and connect clouds

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Cisco's Cloud Intelligent Network integrated with the Unified Data Center to provide an end-to-end delivery platform for cloud services. It lets admins interconnect capabilities among data centers, enabling the flexible integration of various services, whether for entertainment, information exchange, or communication. The system uses MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) to keep the connections secure.

Cloud Intelligent Networks' underlying technologies include Cisco Cloud Customer Connect, designed to ensure that services reach users securely while meeting QoS requirements and business-oriented polic controls. The new Cloud-to-Cloud Connect capability, featuring the Cisco Network Positioning System on the ASR 1000 and 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, enables dynamic resource identification, allocation, and optimization between data centers and clouds.

Finally, Cisco CloudVerse has a Cloud Applications and Services element, designed for delivering both Cisco and third-party services via the cloud. The company offers its TelePresence Callway and its HCS (Hosted Collaboration Solution) for delivering voice, telepresence, and collaboration apps via the cloud. Cisco also offers its hosted Collaboration Cloud portfolio, with applications for unified communications, customer contact, meetings, and instant messaging.

Cisco has added several new capabilities to HCS, including Private Cloud HCS, aimed at letting companies build their own collaboration clouds on top of Cisco's cloud platform, with full management capabilities.

Tapping into the ever-growing mobile space, Mobile HCS is designed to help service providers extend cloud-based collaboration services to mobile devices. For example, providers could virtually connect a company's fleet of mobile with single-number reach, or they could enable customers to move a call in progress from a desk phone to a mobile phone.

Additionally, Cisco offers cloud-based security such as Cisco Cloud Security solutions, which provides always-on Web and email security. Cisco ScanSafe Cloud Web Security analyzes Web requests for malicious or inappropriate content. Cisco IronPort Cloud Email Security helps protect organizations from spam, viruses, and blended threats.

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