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Cisco's AWS Retreat: The Long Road From Public Cloud Disrupter To Multi And Hybrid Cloud Leader

Mark Haranas

History Of Cisco's Cloud Strategy

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is set to rally solution provider partners this week at the network leader's Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco to take the cloud high road by focusing on multi and hybrid cloud.

The strategy is a shift from the Cisco cloud charge at the Cisco Partner Summit in 2014 when the "founding father" of Cisco's Intercloud cloud strategy Nick Earle promised that Cisco was taking its rightful place as a market disrupter with a public cloud offensive. At the time, Earle said partners were clamoring for Cisco to get into the public cloud market as an AWS alternative.

During Cisco's first Partner Summit this year, Intercloud wasn't top of mind for the network leader, although the company has since released some cloud solutions. CRN lays out a timeline of Cisco's cloud strategy beginning in March 2014 at Cisco Partner Summit in Las Vegas.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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