Cisco has announced its intention to buy a US OpenStack cloud provider called Metacloud in order to boost its own Intercloud project. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Based in Pasadena, California, Metacloud operates private cloud deployments under a ‘unique OpenStack-as-a-service’ offering, Cisco said.
This will fit with Cisco’s Intercloud strategy, which is designed to build a global network of cloud data centres that can meet the varying cloud needs of companies across the world.
Hilton Romanski, senior vice president for Cisco Corporate Development, said with firms engaging in hybrid cloud deployments using both private and public services, Metacloud’s tools were a key part of the jigsaw.
“The resulting silos present a challenge to IT administrators, as choice, visibility, data sovereignty and protection in this world of many clouds requires an open platform,” he said.
“We believe Metacloud’s technology will play a critical role in enabling our customers to experience a seamless journey to a new world of many clouds, providing choice, flexibility and data governance.”
Metacloud founder Sean Lynch said in a blog post that joining Cisco was an ideal next step for the company to take its tools to the next level.
“Cisco believes, as we do, that policies, monitoring, management and orchestration across your entire cloud and application portfolio should be seamlessly integrated,” he wrote.
“We both also believe strongly that choice, visibility, data sovereignty and protection in a world of many clouds requires use of an open platform. Metacloud OpenStack will advance the Intercloud offering by being the interface to the end-developers and DevOps teams building, deploying and operating hybrid cloud applications.”
The deal will be completed by the end of Cisco's first quarter of fiscal year 2015 with all employees at Metacloud joining Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services division.
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