Under the Hood: Cisco Collaboration Cloud


Story by Jonathan Rosenberg

It’s been two weeks since the launch of Project Squared and the Cisco Collaboration Cloud. We’ve received fantastic feedback and great uptake. And we’re really happy that so many people are using Project Squared – and liking the experience.

I’d like to take you on a little behind-the-scenes tour and shed some light on the Cisco Collaboration Cloud and how it works. Here is a 10,000 foot view of the architecture:


The core architecture is built on OpenStack. We use it for compute, networking, and storage services. OpenStack supports both the functional components of the architecture as well as the operational services, such as: logging, metrics, events, health and even VPN services (for inter-DC messaging and replication).

Much of the functional code is deployed on Cloud Foundry, which we use as our PaaS (Platform as a Service Layer). This functional code is built as a set of microservices, which are coarse-grained elements that provide independent and loosely coupled functions. These functions are consumed by the client and include the room service, which handles room creation, synchronization, and posting of activities.

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