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July 01, 2014

Cisco and NetApp's Integrated FlexPod Solution Generates $3 billion in Joint Sales

Cisco and storage firm NetApp have announced that their integrated FlexPod cloud architecture has to date generated more than $3 billion in joint sales.

Cisco (News - Alert) and NetApp joined hands in 2010 to launch FlexPod to deliver an efficient, agile data center infrastructure to customers. The FlexPod architecture enables customers to enjoy the hybrid cloud environments.

FlexPod assimilates NetApp's storage technology and Cisco's server, network and fabric tools and is a data centre platform that hosts infrastructure software and business applications in virtualized and non-virtualised environments.

Also, FlexPod supports the growing need to tie storage, networks, applications, and analytics (such as big data) into a more automated, responsive system that increases efficiency and lowers operational expense. The new offerings build on the joint vision and strategy of Cisco and NetApp to unify branch offices, core data centers, service providers, and dedicated application infrastructures.

The networking firm said FlexPod shipments have grown 81% year-on-year to more than 4,100 customers across 100 countries, with a demand run rate of $2 billion annually.

Also, the FlexPod global reseller ecosystem has majorly contributed to increasing the sales count. There are more than 1,000 channel partners qualified to sell and support Cisco and NetApp technologies. These include 110 FlexPod Premium partners with the focused skills to sell and support integrated infrastructure.

In addition, technology partners have been part of the success of FlexPod, with key companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Citrix, F5, BridgeHead Software, Eaton (News - Alert), and Splunk, optimizing applications to run atop a FlexPod integrated infrastructure.

Tom Georgens, Chairman and CEO of NetApp, said in a statement, “As the data center extends to include public cloud services for better economics and infinite scale, NetApp and Cisco are again leading the way, helping customers realize the transformative business benefits of hybrid cloud."

Both companies are further enhancing the FlexPod architecture to help their customers unleash the applications and realize the promise of hybrid cloud environments.


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