Cisco Adds More Than 30 New Intercloud Partners, including OneNeck® IT Solutions

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Cisco today announced more than 30 new Cisco Intercloud partners, including OneNeck IT Solutions, are joining their initiative to expand the scope of the Intercloud.

OneNeck IT Solutions
Through this new and elite partnership opportunity, we fully expect to build on the network foundation we’ve established with customers to ensure the best cloud performance.

Cisco today announced more than 30 new Cisco Intercloud partners, including OneNeck® IT Solutions, are joining their initiative to expand the scope of the Intercloud. OneNeck is a leading cloud services provider offering tailored, end-to-end enterprise-class IT solutions for mid-market and enterprise companies. This worldwide network of interconnected clouds — which Cisco and its partners are rapidly developing — will enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of secure hybrid clouds.

“Joining Cisco as a new Intercloud partner unlocks some very exciting business opportunities for OneNeck and our customers,” says Clint Harder, CTO and general manager of Managed Hosting and Cloud Services at OneNeck. “Through this new and elite partnership opportunity, we fully expect to build on the network foundation we’ve established with customers to ensure the best cloud performance.”

For OneNeck and their customers a partnership with Cisco as a new Intercloud partner means:

  • Globally enabling faster and more efficient movement of workloads;
  • Better connection to cloud resources under a single interface; and
  • Faster deployment of cloud resources to appropriate solution environments.

“We look forward to working closely with Cisco and to leveraging these new-found initiatives to benefit our customers,” added Harder.

According to Cisco, today’s news expands the reach of the Intercloud to include 250 additional data centers in 50 countries. This expansion helps build on Cisco’s plans to architect the world's largest Intercloud together with key partners. This effort addresses customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything. It’s designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability. This open approach to the Intercloud allows local hosting and provider options that enable data autonomy.

"Since we announced our cloud strategy six months ago, we’ve received tremendous industry-wide support for our OpenStack-based Intercloud initiative, which is gaining momentum in the open source community and providing partners a powerful cloud platform with global reach, and Internet scale and efficiencies,” said Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales. “Just as Cisco played a leading role years ago in connecting isolated islands of LANs to architect the modern Internet, Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric and ACI innovations uniquely position us to connect today’s world of disparate clouds in a seamless and secure manner, unlocking the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT.”

Cisco, the leader in private cloud infrastructure technology, also announced that they will begin offering a hybrid cloud service. In addition, Cisco Intercloud Fabric, a highly secure, open, and flexible hypervisor-agnostic cloud interconnect technology, is now shipping to initial customers.

As part of its strategy, Cisco is recruiting and enabling partners across the Intercloud ecosystem. They are engaging with cloud providers, builders and aggregators as well as technology partners, independent software vendors and cloud resellers. OneNeck IT Solutions is among the Intercloud Provider group and will deliver next generation Intercloud-enabled cloud services as well as embrace Cisco ACI and Intercloud Fabric.

Today, Cisco also announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Cisco Capital has earmarked $1 billion to provide financial solutions that help Cisco customers and partners accelerate the adoption of Cisco technologies needed to transition to Cisco Powered clouds. Cisco Capital offers will focus on financing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure; facilitating technology migrations; and providing flexible payment structures.

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About OneNeck IT Solutions
OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., employs approximately 630 people throughout the U.S. The company offers a full suite of IT solutions including cloud and hosting solutions; ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services; managed services; ERP application management; professional services; and IT hardware. OneNeck owns and operates four Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and manages two Tier 2 data centers in Arizona. Visit oneneck.com for more information.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, TDS Baja Broadband LLC, and BendBroadband. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit tdstelecom.com.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.8 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular®. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employs 10,100 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

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