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Networking Provider Cisco and Cloud and Data Storage Solutions Provider NetApp Extend Decade-long Partnership around FlexPod Architecture

January 26, 2013
by Staff Writer

Networking provider Cisco and cloud and data storage solutions provider NetApp have extended their decade-long partnership around the FlexPod architecture, combing branch office, data center and public cloud infrastructures. The extended partnership will include technology integration and solution development designed to make cloud infrastructure solutions easier to deploy and access.

The integration of computing, networking, storage and orchestration components under FlexPod is expected to simplify data center deployment and management and be more cost effective. The two organizations have around 2,100 FlexPod customers in more than 35 countries. They also have over 700 channel partners.

With enhanced integration FlexPod solutions will also be able to manage up to 10,000 servers, which will enable organizations to multihop Fiber Channel over Ethernet and aggregate multiple FlexPod racks, allowing service providers and enterprises to scale more efficiently.

FlexPod will also support recently acquired Cloupia products Cisco UCS® Manager 2.1 and support for Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud will provide FlexPod customers with a range of cloud management solutions. The integration will also enable FlexPod orchestration by partner solutions, including those of Microsoft System Center and the Apache CloudStack™ powered Citrix CloudPlatform™. The companies will also integrate Flash technologies to improve performance across the converged infrastructure.

“The past 10 years of partnering with NetApp have proven to be successful in bringing a Cisco validated, FlexPod architecture to our customers," explained NetApp's Executive Vice President, Product Operations, Manish Goel. "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, multicloud infrastructure. Together we can help our customers use their current data center investment to address the challenges of a mobile-cloud era.”

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