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Open, Hybrid, Interoperable: The Cloud’s Future


At its core, hybrid cloud is about flexibility and choice – it’s the ability to choose the infrastructure that is the best fit for your specific workload through a combination of public and private clouds and dedicated hardware. At Rackspace, we do this on cloud platforms built on open standards, specifically OpenStack. In this kind of model, cloud interoperability is imperative.

It’s with that in mind that we at Rackspace support Cisco’s vision for InterCloud, a hybrid cloud solution that Cisco says will pave the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds.

Empowering our customers to leverage applications across public and private cloud platforms and between dedicated hardware and the cloud is a cornerstone of our hybrid cloud vision at Rackspace. With its InterCloud strategy, Cisco plans to enable organizations to leverage, combine and move workloads across different clouds. Like us, Cisco is pushing for the use of open standards and is aiming for a cloud future that is free of lock-in and where customers have the right to choose to run their workloads where they run best and where they achieve the best price for performance.

We feel our open, hybrid cloud strategy aligns nicely with Cisco’s InterCloud vision and we look forward to the evolution and implementation of this vision. Hybrid clouds built on open standards are the true future of cloud computing.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by John Igoe.

John Igoe serves as VP of Private Cloud at Rackspace. In this capacity he leads business development, training, partner alliances and technology initiatives focused around bringing world class Openstack solutions to market.

John’s most recently served as Executive Director of Revolutionary Cloud and Big Data Solutions in Dell’s Datacenter Solutions group. In this role, John was leading the effort to define and build software solutions targeted at public and private clouds utilizing technologies such as Openstack and Hadoop. During this time his group developed the Crowbar Initiative and opensource project launched to address the needs of the industry around the migration to DevOps management styles. John was one of the founding members of the Openstack Foundation Board of Directors and has been intimately involved in this organizations work.

John Igoe has over 25 years experience in the high technology industry. He has held executive level positions in both Engineering and Service organizations of companies such as Banyan Systems, Wellfleet Communications, Bay Networks and Nortel.

John has served as a VP of Engineering, developing complex routing solutions, and as a VP of Global Technical Services. As VP of Services at Bay Networks, John was responsible for the implementation of their Remote Management Service offering, architecting the core systems infrastructure and building out Network Operations Centers in the US, EMEA and PACRIM areas. John was the Founder and CTO of SilverBack Technologies, a provider of cloud based infrastructure management software that was acquired by Dell in 2007.

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