November 12, 2018

AWS, Cisco form cloud alliance for hybrid app development

The partnership aims to offer enterprise customers an integrated platform to help them build, secure and connect Kubernetes clusters across data centers.

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Cloud giant AWS and tech mogul Cisco have come together to form a cloud alliance and simplify hybrid application development for enterprises. As per the terms of the partnership deal, Cisco will provide Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS cloud to eliminate the challenges faced by enterprises when it comes to adopting DevOps and modern cloud practices.

According to Cisco, the cloud market is a competitive landscape and enterprises need to gear up with best methods to accelerate their cloud capabilities. However, in the process of leveraging these abilities, Cisco claim that enterprises face obstacles while building hybrid cloud applications for customers using Kubernetes as a tool to deploy apps across on-premise and AWS environments.

By partnering with AWS, Cisco believe that they will be able to overcome the complexities with respect to identity and access management, monitoring and authentication issues as well as connectivity problems that exist while creating apps. They also say that by providing a fully integrated platform, customers will be able to easily build, secure and link Kubernetes clusters across private data centers and AWS cloud.

Terry Wise, Global Vice President of Channels & Alliances, Amazon Web Services, commented:

More customers run containers on AWS and Kubernetes on AWS than anywhere else. Our customers want solutions that are designed for the cloud, and Cisco’s integration with Amazon EKS will make it easier for them to rapidly deploy and run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and the AWS cloud.

Cisco believe that Kubernetes has become a mainstay for enterprises when it comes to container deployment and orchestration. They say that this cloud alliance will allow enterprises to solve the application portability problem of packaging all the necessary dependencies into discrete images.

Reinhardt Quelle, Principal Engineer, Cloud Products and Services Group at Cisco, commented:

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is integrated as common authentication mechanism, so that the cluster administrator is free to apply the same role-based access control (RBAC) policies across both environments.

Both environments are integrated with Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), providing a secure, single repository for all the container images.

Finally, Cisco’s site-to-site VPN solutions, such as CSR 1000v are leveraged to provide a range of secure connectivity options between the cloud-hosted and on-premises services.

Looks like Cisco are all set to fortify their container prowess by inking this cloud alliance, following the partnership with SAP to strengthen their position in the market.

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