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Cisco: A Cloud Computing Company?

Yes Cisco ! Red Herring’s report on Cisco’s acquisition of PostPath last week presents a strong case for this.

  • If finalized, PostPath would become Cisco’s fifteenth acquisition in less than two years and its eleventh software application and services company.
  • Cisco has bought its way into many application software-dominated markets, including cloud computing, social networking, collaboration, and now email.
  • With cloud computing and social networking blurring the lines between networking hardware, application software, and services, many other traditional IT equipment companies have moved into the software application business.
  • According to analyst, the emergence of cloud computing is changing the economics of networking hardware and software markets
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3 Comments

  1. James Urquhart on September 5, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Kevin,

    There is more than them simply hosting cloud services…they aim to revolutionize how cloud platforms are built. If you haven’t read much about the Nexus platform, check out my post on the subject.

    I’m not a cheerleader for Cisco, but I agree that people are seriously underestimating their future effect on the cloud market, both as a service provider and an infrastructure provider.

  2. Kevin Jackson on September 5, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    You’re absolutely right. You should also add Cisco’s collaboration with VMware to the mix.

  3. Cloud Computing on September 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Cloud Computing is a hot topic in todays world. Only couple of companies are offering such services. Time, Money and Power can be saved through Cloud Computing. Thanks for the post.

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