Cisco plans to both compete and complement cloud giant Amazon, while committing "to expanding the relationship around" the AWS marketplace, said Nirav Sheth, vice president of solutions, architecture and engineering for Cisco's Global Partner Organization, in a recent interview with CRN.
The vast majority of Viptela customers use its technology delivered through AWS. This could potentially help Cisco gain new customers who are leveraging cloud services. In November, the startup announced a technology partnership with Amazon Web Services that allows customers to add AWS resources to their WANs. The partnerships extended all the SD-WAN capabilities offered by the Viptela platform to AWS so resources can be managed and provide the same user experience as if they were hosted in a company's own data centers, according to a release.