Networking gear maker Cisco Systems said on Thursday it is teaming with Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services to offer software tools that would make it easier for Cisco’s customers to use Amazon’s data centers to run their business applications.
The move is part of a push at Cisco, one of the biggest suppliers of the routers and switches that send data across computer networks, to derive more revenue from software and stay current with longtime business customers that are seeking to do more work with cloud computing companies like Amazon, Alphabet’s Google Cloud unit or Microsoft Corp’s Azure.
But now those clouds are part of Cisco’s growth plans, Kip Compton, Cisco’s senior vice president of the cloud platform, told Reuters. Cisco is offering new software tools, based on a technology called containers, that let developers slice up applications to run them either in their own data centers, where they might use a lot of Cisco gear, or a cloud data center like the ones offered by AWS.
Cisco last year inked a similar deal with Google’s cloud offering. The strategy of using a mix of a business’s own data centers and the cloud, sometimes called “hybrid cloud,” has become a prominent piece of the growth plans at companies such as Microsoft and International Business Machines.