Google is teaming up with Cisco to challenge the undisputed leaders of the cloud computing market: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
The partnership, which gives Google Cloud a chance to gain more customers and get out of its No. 3 spot in the cloud niche, will enable Cisco customers to more easily move data to Google’s cloud platform.
“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said in a press release. “We share a common vision of a hybrid cloud world that delivers the speed of innovation in an open and secure environment to bring the right solutions to our customers.”
This new integration will give enterprise customers a way to run, secure and monitor workloads and, as a result, allow them to optimize all of their current investments, while also preparing their cloud migration at their own pace and evading vendor lock in. Companies will be able to develop new applications in the cloud or on premises, using the same developer tools, run time and production environment.
“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,” Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene said.
The solution will be tested with a limited number of customers during the first part of 2018, but will roll out to all customers later in the year.