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CDN Top Newsmakers for 2014: Rob Lloyd of Cisco Intercloud

Channel StrategyCDN Top 25 Newsmakers of 2014

You can always count on Cisco Systems to define a new computing term each year. In 2014, the channel was introduced to the Intercloud.

Rob Lloyd

Cisco embarking on an ambitious project in 2014; to build the world’s largest global Intercloud that will cost approximately $1 billion and will take two years to roll-out. The Intercloud is an open network of clouds that will feature APIs for application development and a new line of cloud services for the channel.

Taking the lead on the Intercloud is Canadian Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales for Cisco. He told CDN this year that Intercloud marks the second phase of the company’s strategy to become the No. 1 vendor in hybrid cloud.

The Cisco Intercloud will be unique in that it will try to leverage public clouds such as Amazon, Google and the Microsoft Azure cloud.

One of the key points of differentiation for the Intercloud is scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. Some of the challenges Cisco looks to address with the Intercloud revolves around too many workloads being put on personal credit cards.