24 January 2013 by DatacenterDynamics FOCUS
Cisco and NetApp have expanded their FlexPod partnership to include more joint converged-infrastructure products for branch offices, data centers and public-cloud infrastructures. The partnership expansion includes efforts in technology integration, solution development and continued go-to-market collaboration.
The two companies are pitching their converged-infrastructure portfolio and deeper integration across FlexPod’s compute, network, storange and orchestration components as a way to simplify deployment, management and orchestration -- connecting enterprise clouds to service providers, enterprises to branch offices, consumers to enterprises and clouds to clouds.
The announcement includes deeper integration of Cisco’s Unified Data Center solutions with NetApp’s FAS Storage Systems, new solutions for service providers that provide management of up to 10,000 servers and FlexPod support for Cisco UCS Manager 2.1.
The companies are also working to integrate Flash storage into the solution and more.
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior said the decade-long FlexPod relationship with NetApp had been successful. “Building on that success, we're now expanding our partnership to deliver deeper technology integration and broader solution development across the unified data center for an open, scalable, multi-cloud infrastructure.”
There are now more than 2,100 FlexPod customers across more than 35 countries and over 700 channel partners selling the solution, Cisco and NetApp said.