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Cisco launching CloudVerse and putting its cloud plays into the hands of partners comes after Cisco launched its official Cloud Partner Program earlier this year. According to Nimergood, the three-track program includes three types of partners: Cloud Builders, Cloud Providers and Cloud Services Resellers.
Nimergood said that since the program's launch 29 Cloud Builders have completed all requirements; 12 more are nearing completion; and 60 additional potential Cloud Builder partners have been identified and are in the recruitment process. Cisco's now boasts 22 Cloud Providers offering Cisco Powered Cloud Services, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, HCS, Contact Center and TPaaS. And on the Cloud Services Reseller side Cisco has started introductions between VAR partners and providers and is currently enrolling provider VARs into the program, Nimergood said.
Along with the unveiling of CloudVerse, Cisco Tuesday also showcased new Cloud Enablement Services for Cloud Builders that are part of the CloudVerse environment. Nimergood said the services are designed to build and enhance partners' cloud professional services (CPS) offerings. They include one-on-one mentoring with best practices, tools and processes and are customized based on partners' competencies. And Cloud Builder Accelerator Services include CPS Cloud Practice Management Accelerator, CPS Cloud Technical Consulting Accelerator and CPS Cloud Customer Workshop Accelerator.
Cisco also launched the Cisco Capital Jump Start Program, a program available to qualified Cloud Provider partners that offers cloud products and services to partners with one year of no payment and no interest followed by 36 months of payment at normal interest rates. And Nimergood said the new Scale Pay Program offers new financing and licensing options for partners selling cloud products and services.
"We're putting our partners in the position to offer CloudVerse as a portfolio and new cloud capabilities," Nimergood said.