Cisco to offer tools to help customers run apps on AWS

(Reuters) – Networking gear maker Cisco Systems said on Thursday it is teaming with’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) 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 way we like to think about it at Cisco is, we’re growing and adding a software business to a very important hardware business,” Compton said in an interview. Compton said the tools will work for companies that do not currently use any Cisco hardware in their data centers, though extra security features will be available to those that do. 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. But now those clouds are part of Cisco’s growth plans, Kip Compton, Cisco’s senior vice president of cloud platform, told Reuters.

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