This past week Cisco & EMC announced the appointment of telecom and technolgy industry veteran Michael Capellas to run their new joint venture: Acadia. Acadia will be marketing the VBlock packages of integrated Cisco/EMC/VMware platforms that are designed to ease the deployment of so-called “Private Clouds”.
The high profile Capellas appointment, ex MCI/Verizon & First Data Executive, signals the high expectations that the parent companies have for their new offspring. It is further market validation that virtualization is enabling a rapid shift in Data Center thinking within the Enterprise. The Acadia approach is to provide an out-of-the-box offering that simplifies the value chain: compute-network-storage, and eventually to a third party “Cloud” Service Provider (presumably Vblock powered).
NetApp has its own Cisco & VMware partnership that delivers the Secure Virtualized Dynamic Data Center vision of the “Private Cloud” concept. The NetApp approach has delivered more specifics and examples about how to integrate with Third Party Cloud Providers – or the federation of your Private Cloud with a Managed-Hosted Service Provider.
You can expect to see the Third Party Cloud Service Providers line up behind these coalitions with their integration support. This will provide the Enterprise IT decision maker a broader set of lower-risk options to adopt the Data Center Hybrid model. As the technical integration barriers begin to ease, the next frontier for Third Party Cloud Service Providers will be broader support for compliance and regulatory requirements.
The Acadia announcement is great news! It is evidence that real work is being done by the key OEM vendors to overcome the issues facing broader market acceptance of Cloud Services (both Private and Third Party).
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