After overhauling its managed services partner program in 2009, Cisco Systems is pushing into another new area: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The networking giant says it now has an IaaS offering for service providers that want to tackle computing-on-demand, network-on-demand and storage-on-demand. Here are some details.
Cisco says it's "working with Service Providers to provide them with the tools, design guides and advanced services to be able to “fast-track” the implementation of IaaS offerings." Cisco announced the IaaS effort in a blog, and pointed out:
- Potential benefits for service providers , including consolidation through virtualization, infrastructure amortization, massive economic efficiencies, and the opening up of new markets.
- Details behind the Cisco IaaS launch
- Plus details about a Cisco IaaS ROI & Configuration Guidance Tool
What Is IaaS?As MSPmentor pointed out in September 2009, there are at least three types of cloud environments:
- Software as a Service (SaaS): Focused on a specific application such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite or Canonical’s own Landscape
- Platform as a Service (PaaS): Focused on an operating environment (such as Windows Azure) for deploying applications
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or GoGrid, IaaS manages all the hardware so that you can scale up operating systems and applications at a moment’s notice.
Cisco's IaaS effort is part of a broader service provider push at Cisco. The company in September 2009 overhauled its MSP partner program -- which now seems to be gaining momentum.