Cisco is stepping up its hybrid multi-cloud sales offensive by teaming with public cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services on a Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS.
Cisco said the new product opens the door for its customers to run production-grade Kubernetes in on-premises environments by combining Cisco networking, security, management and monitoring software with the AWS cloud.
Kip Compton, senior vice president, Cloud Platform and Solutions at Cisco, said Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS enables developers to leverage existing investments to build new cloud-scale applications.
"This makes it easier to deploy and manage hybrid applications, no matter where they run," said Compton in a prepared statement. "This allows customers to get the best out of both cloud and their on-premises environments with a single solution."
Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS—which will be sold by Cisco directly and through partners—is priced starting at US$65,000 per year for a typical entry-level configuration. The software licenses will be available in one-, three- and five-year subscriptions.
One sign of just how critical Kubernetes is becoming in the hybrid IT world is IBM’s recent US$34 billion proposed acquisition of Kubernetes kingpin Red Hat. IBM claims Red Hat’s Kubernetes leadership makes the combined company the leader in the hybrid cloud market.
Solution providers credit Red Hat’s decision four years ago to embrace Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration technology first developed at Google, as the key to the $34 billion Red Hat price tag.
The Cisco-AWS partnership comes just a few days before Cisco gathers thousands of partners for its Cisco Partners Summit 13-15 November in Las Vegas.
It also comes one year after Cisco partnered with Google Cloud on a similar hybrid solution. Under that pact, Cisco extended its multi-cloud portfolio with Google Cloud's hybrid cloud technologies including Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee.