GoCloud Hosted Desktop News Roundup #16

Cisco acquire Meraki, Rackspace announces plans for startup programme, CloudNOW announce annual predictions

Cisco announced this week that they are intending to acquire leading San Francisco-based cloud provider, Meraki, who currently offer “midmarket customers easy-to-deploy on-premise networking solutions that can be centrally managed from the cloud” and has offices in London, New York and Mexico.

The move is intended to "complement and expand Cisco’s strategy to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network management, help customers empower mobile workforces, and generate new revenue opportunities for partners,” according to a statement from Cisco.

The idea is that after the acquisition, Cisco will be able to strengthen Cisco’s Unified Access platform.

"The acquisition of Meraki enables Cisco to make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available to our global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises. These companies have the same IT needs as larger organizations, but without the resources to integrate complex IT solutions,” said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.

"Meraki’s solution was built from the ground up optimized for cloud, with tremendous scale, and is already in use by thousands of customers to manage hundreds of thousands of devices.”

Cisco has agreed to pay somewhere in the region of $1.2bn in cash and "retention-based incentives to acquire the entire business and operations of Meraki”.

Rackspace announce startup programme for 2013

Rackspace has announced plans to provide cloud computing resources to new businesses in order to drive growth in the UK economy. The Rackspace Startup Programme has proved successful in other countries such as the US and Australia and it’s hoped that similar success will be seen in the UK.

“Since launching in the US two years ago, we’ve helped over 850 startups through the programme. We’ve also worked with over 100 programme partners, including some of the top accelerators, universities, co-working spaces and VCs, and we are thrilled to launch the UK startup programme,” said Taylor Rhodes, Managing Director, International at Rackspace.

The idea is that the benefits that cloud offers will enable new businesses to use the technology as “fifth business utility” to enable startups to develop, grow and eventually enjoy commercial success.

“Cloud computing services are built around the principles of not only flexibility and scalability, but automation and self-service too as we serve customers’ needs from our local datacentres with additional service layers all backed up by our world-renowned Fanatical Support,” said Rhodes.

“Bringing the power of our continuously available cloud services to the dynamic world of startup business is, to be quite honest, really exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

The announcement was made at the “Boost Your Start-up” networking event which was held in London on November 20. Rackspace are also offering one startup the chance the take a trip to San Antonio, Texas, where they will have the chance to be mentored by founder and chairman, Graham Weston. Entrants must make a video pitch by December 14 for a chance to win the trip, along with £3000.

CloudNOW’s annual predictions

Non-profit global cloud computing consortium CloudNOW has released its yearly predictions for cloud. The consortium was originally founded "by Jocelyn DeGance Graham with a focus on using technology for the overall professional development of women from around the world by providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and economic growth”.

However, whilst it may have been founded with women in mind, anyone can become a member, irrespective of gender.

Predictions for 2013 include:

  • A focus on cloud federation
  • Accelerated adoption of cloud stacks
  • Greater control of resources through enterprise-class feature
  • Big data
  • Beginning of real competition in PaaS
  • Increased innovation in deployment tools

“We will see a push toward the standardization of cloud because of it over the next year. As that process continues, providers will begin to differentiate through support, enterprise-class features such as more appropriate SLAs, geolocation services to assist in meeting regulatory and compliance needs, and baked-in social collaboration features,” said Jason Seats, Managing Director at TechStars Cloud.

Despite the continued worries surrounding security and availability, CloudNOW predict that cloud adoption will accelerate due to the cost-saving benefits.