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Cisco Puts CliQr Acquisition to Work with Tetration Platform

July 28, 2016

With its March acquisition of data center automation platform company CliQr, networking giant Cisco declared its intention to penetrate deeper into the cloud management software market (and chase away a reputation for being late to the cloud). CliQr’s product helps companies make better decisions about the features and pricing plans of cloud providers and find the most efficient and cost-effective way to run in those environments as well as in their own data centers. As companies look to streamline their data center operations, it’s an invaluable product to eliminate inefficiencies, cost sinks and redundancies by adopting a hybrid cloud strategy.

Now, four months later, Cisco said it’s aiming even higher with cloud management. At the Cisco Live conference in early July in Las Vegas, the company’s senior director for CloudCenter Business Development David Cope said it’s simply impractical for companies to DIY different environments.

“The old world for our customers, for your business, of hard-wiring applications to all the nuances of different infrastructure environments, just doesn’t scale anymore,” he said.

Cisco is now building upon the CliQr acquisition by introducing a new server platform that brings high-level workload automation into the company’s new Tetration network analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence the flow of data between applications.

“There needs to be a way to really turn the proposition around,” Cope continued. “Instead of getting apps to work for the infrastructure, there needs to be a way to get the infrastructure to dynamically conform to the needs of the application, providing complete portability and manageability across any of the environments.”

According to Scott Fulton III writing for Data Center Knowledge, Cisco is aiming to create a single solution that fills all the gaps in the data

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center, and to be part of a future in which applications could be “decoupled” from their underlying infrastructure.

“Up to now, the boldest effort by a server maker to capitalize on this trend has been HPE’s promotion of what it calls composable infrastructure,” wrote Fulton. “As HPE’s SVP and general manager for data center infrastructure Ric Lewis laid out for us last March, the basic concept there is to stage workloads on whatever infrastructure is best suited for it at the moment, and to separate that decision entirely from the workload’s scheduling, execution, and maintenance.”

In a demonstration at the Cisco Live event, the company showed how its platform generates labels that can be used to stage containerized workloads, steering them through the network, according to Fulton. Segment routing uses Tetration to help determine the optimum route for an application as it travels across the network over paths that have already been secured, and whose access policies are already being enforced.

“While Cisco’s goal is for its new infrastructure to behave with absolute agnosticism, it’s clear that newer classes of virtualized infrastructure will exhibit behaviors that any staging platform will need to take into consideration, especially if it wishes to continue presenting the appearance of integration,” commented Fulton. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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