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Cisco and Google join forces against Amazon Web Services

Cisco and Google are taking on Amazon Web Services with a new hybrid cloud platform.

The partnership is aimed at CIOs who want to unlock the benefits of cloud computing without uploading all of their data to a third-party server.

It’s expected to appeal to IT leaders at organisations such as hospitals and banks that trade in sensitive information.

“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,” said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.

Developers will be able to create new applications across the cloud and on-premise using the same tools, run time and production environment.

They will also benefit from the much-hyped Kubernetes container orchestration tool, which was incubated by Google, and the Istio service mesh for connecting microservices across clouds.

“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud,” said Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. “This is what we hear customers asking for.”

The service will be available to a limited number of customers during the first few months of 2018, with a full rollout later in the year.