Proximus, Telecom Italia and Telefónica are the latest European operators to join Cisco’s Intercloud ecosystem.
Intercloud, which launched in March last year, is Cisco’s attempt to build the world’s largest cloud network.
Deutsche Telekom and BT signed up to the platform last September as both look to expand their own cloud businesses.
Proximus, Telecom Italia and Telefónica join 11 other new partners signing up to Intercloud, which now counts more than 60 partners in total.
Fabrice Feyten, Head of Product Management, Cloud Solutions at Proximus, said: “Proximus has been offering private cloud computing ever since we offer datacenter services.
“By connecting to the Intercloud, we now offer our customers the possibility to benefit from public cloud services as well, in a highly secure environment that helps them further reduce infrastructure costs and better manage related risks.”
Cisco also announced the launch of the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.
The vendor claimed the platform would help cloud providers deliver hybrid services to enterprise customers more quickly, while at the same time reducing costs.
For example, it said providers could offer network, disaster recovery, big data, and enterprise application services at “DevOps speed”.
Cisco and Microsoft added they would provide support services such as service creation, demand generation and customer retention.
Nick Earle, SVP of Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, commented: “We want our service provider partners to move up-market with us and offer higher-end cloud services.
“By partnering with Microsoft we’re able to deliver a tightly integrated, application centric cloud architecture. This unique new platform will help our partners dramatically accelerate the delivery of new and innovative hybrid cloud services for their customers.”
Feyten added: “A hybrid combination of public and private clouds offers the scalability and flexibility to change the balance between on-premise computing and cloud at any time.”