Cisco On The Intercloud Opportunity: 'We Have Created A Tornado'


Talk about partner and customer traction with Intercloud so far.

"It's interesting. We have a bit of joke around here [at Cisco] that, when people say they are going away on holiday for a couple weeks, we say, 'Well, when you come back there will be a new Intercloud.'

…It's really starting to morph and change as more and more people got attracted to it. Let me explain what I mean by that. We started off by really saying that there are going to be 12 big service providers who are going to provide sort of the inner ring of Intercloud, and we announced the first one with Telstra. In fact, that's still the case. That hasn't changed. But what has changed is that we are now announcing a whole [bunch] of very different types of partners, from big Gold resellers to system integrators… to ISVs.

…Everybody wants to talk about Intercloud. We are probably doing 25 to 30 customer briefings a day -- literally a day -- around the world right now. Workshops, technical evaluations… as [Cisco's President of Development and Sales] Rob Lloyd likes to say, we have created a tornado."