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Cisco is not only (1) contributing to the open source code, but (2) providing plugins so customers can access the benefits of Cisco infrastructure in an OpenStack environment, (3) supporting multi-vendor cloud platform components, (4) developing OpenStack functionality for specific customer environments, (5) offering an OpenStack-based public cloud (Cisco Cloud Services) for providers to deliver cloud services, and (6) providing a choice of OpenStack solution models—working with partners like Red Hat on solutions for customers who want to build and manage their own private cloud, offering a Cisco managed on-premises private cloud (COPC/Metacloud) for customers who want operational assistance, and a building marketplace for customers to find cloud providers offering OpenStack-based services (CCS).
Cisco is the number-one contributor to the OpenStack Neutron networking project and the lead contributor to the Group Based Policy project. Cisco operates key parts of its own business on OpenStack, including SaaS solutions Cisco WebEx and WebEx Spark.