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Flexible Partnership

Article Type: News          Published: 01-2013         Views: 1748   




Cisco and NetApp have announced an expanded partnership to deliver new converged infrastructure innovation to unify branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructures under the FlexPod architecture. The partnership expansion includes efforts in technology integration, solution development, and continued go-to-market collaboration - all designed to make it easier for customers to deploy and access next-generation cloud infrastructure solutions.

Current IT architectures comprise a fragmented combination of infrastructure along with public, private and hybrid clouds offered by different organisations and addressing distinct customer needs. Through a shared vision of a unified data centre, Cisco and NetApp offer the ability to simplify deployment, management and orchestration - connecting enterprise clouds to service providers, enterprises to branch offices, consumers to enterprises, and clouds to clouds.

Deeper integration across computing, networking, storage and orchestration components of FlexPod, combined with broader support for its open ecosystem of partners, will greatly simplify data centre deployment and management, deliver greater budget efficiency, reduce risk, and increase agile business responsiveness. Cisco and NetApp now boast more than 2,100 FlexPod customers across more than 35 countries and over 700 channel partners.

"NetApp and Cisco share a common vision for the future of the data centre and will continue to collaborate on innovations that connect organisations under a holistic cloud architecture," said Manish Goel, executive vice president, Product Operations, NetApp. "Our development, sales, and channel teams will work even closer to deliver new solutions that broaden the market opportunities for both companies and our partners, and help customers gain a competitive advantage from their flexible and efficient agile data centre infrastructure."

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