Cisco, Amazon marriage simplifies hybrid cloud app development

Cisco and Amazon Web Services will soon offer enterprise customers an integrated platform that promises to help them more simply build, secure and connect Kubernetes clusters across private data centers and the AWS cloud.

The new package, Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS combines Cisco, AWS and open source technologies to simplify complexity and helps eliminate challenges for customers who use Kubernetes to enable deploying applications across on-premises and the AWS cloud in a secure, consistent manner said David Cope, senior director of Cisco Cloud Platform & Solutions Group (CPSG).

“The significance of Amazon teaming with Cisco means  more integration between product lines from AWS and Cisco, thus reducing the integration costs notably on the security and management fronts for joint customers,” said Stephen Elliot, program vice president with IDC.  “It also provides customers with some ideas on how to migrate workloads from private to public clouds.”

In a blog post outlining the technical details of the new package, Reinhardt Quelle a principal architect in Cisco’s CPSG, wrote that the hybrid solution integrates Cisco Container Platform (CCP) and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) so customers can provision clusters on-premises and on EKS in the cloud. Cisco introduced its Kubernetes-based CCP in January and said it allows for self-service deployment and management of container clusters.

In this case, CCP uses AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) authentication to create the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), instructs EKS to create a new cluster, and then configures the worker nodes in that cluster, according to Quelle. 


Cisco said IAM is integrated as a common authentication mechanism, so the cluster administrator can apply the same role-based access control policies across both environments. Both environments are integrated with Amazon Elastic Container Registry providing a secure, single repository for all container images.

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