Cisco and NetApp Expand Partnership to Unify Branch Office,

Cisco and NetApp Expand Partnership to Unify Branch Office, Data
Center and Public Cloud With FlexPod Architecture 
Expanded FlexPod Architecture Driven by Deeper Technology Integration
and Broader Solution Development 
SAN JOSE, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 --  Cisco
(NASDAQ: CSCO) and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced an expanded
partnership to deliver new converged infrastructure innovation to
unify branch office, data center 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 organizations and addressing distinct customer needs.
Through a shared vision of a unified data center, 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 center
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. Cisco and
NetApp are building on this momentum by expanding their successful
decade-long partnership to deliver greater innovation, including: 


 
--  Deeper FlexPod Architecture Integration: Cisco and NetApp are forging
    deeper integration across Cisco(R) Unified Data Center solutions,
    NetApp FAS Storage Systems, and FlexPod ecosystem technology partners
    to create a common foundation for data centers and service providers,
    from branch office implementations to cloud-scale, multi-data center
    deployments.
    
    
    FlexPod solutions will provide the ability to manage up to 10,000
    servers, allowing organizations to aggregate several FlexPod racks and
    enable multihop Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCOE). These solutions,
    tuned for service providers and distributed enterprises, enable
    infrastructures to be scaled with predictive performance and support.
    
    
    FlexPod continues to lead on the integration of infrastructure
    management tools and will support Cisco UCS(R) Manager 2.1, UCS
    Central and Cisco's recently acquired Cloupia products. In addition,
    support for Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (Cisco IAC) allows
    cloud management solutions for FlexPod customers. Deeper integration
    across FlexPod at the platform level, as opposed to at the component
    level, will enable FlexPod to be seamlessly orchestrated by partner
    solutions, including Microsoft System Center and Citrix
    CloudPlatform(TM) powered by Apache CloudStack(TM).
    
    
    Cisco and NetApp will also integrate Flash technologies at the host
    and storage levels, to accelerate performance across all areas of the
    converged infrastructure. At the server level, applications running on
    Flash-optimized Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (Cisco UCS)
    servers can be further accelerated with NetApp Flash Accel, while at
    the controller and array levels, technologies such as NetApp Flash
    Cache and Flash Pools can be used to access cached data faster.
    
    
--  FlexPod for Cloud Service Providers: To accelerate momentum in the
    service provider market Cisco and NetApp are developing flexible,
    massively scalable FlexPod solutions capable of handling
    multi-data-center service provider architectures. The set of solutions
    will bring together NetApp Clustered ONTAP(TM) and NetApp FAS
    storage systems with Cisco UCS servers and Cisco Nexus(R) 7000
    Series Switches to create dynamically provisioned pools of server,
    storage and network resources that can be scaled up and scaled down by
    service providers depending on application requirements. These
    solutions will use Cisco's Virtualized Multiservice Data Center (VMDC)
    architecture and will include management and orchestration solutions
    from Cisco and from ecosystem partners such as BMC Software and, in
    the future, from open source providers.
    
    
--  Branch Office Solution: Cisco and NetApp are partnering to extend the
    capabilities of ExpressPod to meet the compute, network and storage
    needs of branch offices. ExpressPod shares a similar converged
    infrastructure approach as FlexPod, and as a result, it is ideally
    suited to branch office deployments with an easy upgrade path to
    FlexPod as the needs of the branch grow. This easy-to-deploy
    architecture can be configured to offer greater interoperability with
    the core organizational data center, enabling branch locations to take
    advantage of some of the biggest cost-saving trends in IT, such as
    virtualization and cloud computing. ExpressPod includes support for
    VMware vSphere(R) and will soon include support for Windows Server
    2012 Hyper-V.
    
    
--  FlexPod Application Validation: Cisco and NetApp are expanding
    solution coverage to add more mission-critical applications and
    private cloud solutions for the datacenter. Mission critical solutions
    include Oracle Database and applications, SAP(R)
    BusinessObjects(TM) business intelligence and the SAP HANA(R)
    platform, and private cloud offerings include Microsoft private cloud
    and Citrix CloudPlatform.

  
Supporting Quotes:
 Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy
officer, Cisco 
 "The past 10 years of partnering with NetApp have
proven to be successful in bringing a Cisco validated, FlexPod
architecture to our customers. 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." 
Manish Goel, executive vice president, Product Operations, NetApp 
"NetApp and Cisco share a common vision for the future of the data
center and will continue to collaborate on innovations that connect
organizations under a holistic cloud architecture. 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 center infrastructure." 
Simon Aspinall, chief of global markets, Virtustream
 "With the
FlexPod solution from Cisco and NetApp, we can deploy private and
public cloud solutions tailored to our enterprise customers'
individual requirements for mission-critical applications. The
ability with FlexPod to dynamically integrate compute, memory,
network and storage is unique in the market, giving our cloud and
IaaS solutions a clear advantage." 
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