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10 Things You Need To Know About Cisco's New Google Cloud Partnership

The blockbuster deal extends Cisco's networking, security and hyperconverged portfolio into the enterprise public cloud.

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Why Now?

Cisco has been aggressively pushing partners to sell more cloud this year. Last month, the network leader unveiled a new go-to-market strategy, Cisco's Hybrid Cloud Sales Play, aimed at clarifying how the channel should approach and sell hybrid cloud.

The Google partnership announcement comes the same week the networking giant unveiled its plans to acquire unified communications specialist BroadSoft for $1.9 billion as part of its continued software blitz, as well as the purchase of machine learning startup Perspica. These three massive Cisco announcements come just one week before Cisco Partner Summit 2017 in Dallas, Texas, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

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