Cisco and NetApp Expand the FlexPod Portfolio With New Offerings Supporting Data Intensive Workloads

Cisco and NetApp Expand the FlexPod Portfolio With New Offerings Supporting 
Data Intensive Workloads 
New FlexPod Select With E-Series Storage to Tackle Massive Amounts of
Data; Updated FlexPod Datacenter Includes Cisco Nexus 7000 Switch for
Rapid Infrastructure Deployment 
SAN JOSE, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/13 --  In a
continuing move to make data center infrastructures more responsive
to applications' dynamic needs, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) today broadened the FlexPod(R) portfolio with new
validated designs across the entire portfolio, highlighted by the
introduction of FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive
workloads. The FlexPod portfolio now includes FlexPod Datacenter
(formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise data centers and service
providers, FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod(TM)) for medium-sized
businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data intensive
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.  
Introduction of FlexPod Select
 FlexPod Select is the first family in
the FlexPod portfolio to address targeted workloads, such as
high-performance applications. Initially, the new category will
target data-intensive requirements of Hadoop based big data
applications in financial services, government, retail manufacturing,
and other markets. Organizations will be able to deploy FlexPod
Select easily and to scale seamlessly as application requirements
Solution Highlights 

--  The FlexPod Select family combines high-performance NetApp(R)
    E-Series and FAS storage systems, Cisco UCS(R) C-Series servers,
    Cisco Nexus(R) switches, and Cisco(R) management software into
    an architecture that shortens time to insight and accelerates time to
    value. FlexPod Select is the first solution in the FlexPod portfolio
    to feature patented NetApp E-Series platform as an option, delivering
    performance, density, and modular flexibility for a wide range of
    data-intensive workloads.
--  FlexPod Select with Hadoop, the first solution in the family, helps
    minimize the risk in deploying Hadoop by validating the open source
    analytics platform for storage, compute, connectivity, and management.

Hadoop Integration 

--  FlexPod Select with Hadoop includes two validated configurations:
    FlexPod Select with Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop
    (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Both
    configurations enable the accelerated deployment of a highly
    available, enterprise-class Hadoop environment on the FlexPod Select

Updates to the FlexPod Portfolio
 Cisco and NetApp continue to enhance
the FlexPod portfolio with new solutions that integrate best-in-class
technologies from both companies. The FlexPod Datacenter solutions
now feature the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch. The Cisco Nexus 7000
Series provides the highest levels of network availability with
nonstop operations. It also provides industry-leading scale to the
FlexPod platform with the highest density 10 Gigabit Ethernet system
in the industry, supporting up to 768 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The
Cisco Nexus 7000 FlexPod configuration enables end-to-end Fibre
Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), delivering a unified Ethernet fabric,
and provides DCI capabilities for multi-data center deployments. 
Additionally, the companies are introducing FlexPod Datacenter with
SnapProtect(R) to provide comprehensive disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T)
backup and recovery solution, with specific implementation guidance
for popular uses such as with VMware, NAS shares, and Microsoft
To learn more about enhancements to the portfolio, visit NetApp 360
or the official Cisco blog.  
Market Momentum 

--  Through a shared vision of a unified data center, NetApp and Cisco
    have rapidly grown FlexPod. Since its launch in 2010, FlexPod has
    grown to more than 2,400 customers and 900 channel partners across
    more than 35 countries.

Supporting Quotes 
Jim McHugh, vice president, Unified Computing Marketing, Cisco 
"Cisco and NetApp are committed to constant innovation in our joint
FlexPod platform to address the business needs of our mutual
customers. This portfolio expansion delivers broader flexibility
across the unified data center for an open, scalable, multicloud
infrastructure that can now also support some of the world's largest
datasets. Together we can help our customers simplify their data
center infrastructure deployments and transform IT from a cost center
to an asset for innovation and success." 
Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing,
 "NetApp and Cisco are looking to drive FlexPod further by
tailoring the platform to address today's data-intensive
environments. As more organizations look to incorporate powerful data
management tools such as Hadoop into their environments, customers
will need solutions that greatly simplify infrastructure deployment
and management, deliver budget efficiency, reduce risk, and increase
IT agility to create enterprise-class environments." 
Tim Stevens, vice president, Business Development, Cloudera 
Hadoop datasets have grown far beyond what traditional infrastructure
can handle. Because of this, our customers need a targeted, scalable
architecture that can process and analyze hundreds of terabytes of
data without batting an eye. The FlexPod platform is able to store
and process some of the largest datasets in the world and turn
high-volume, data-intensive workloads into high-value,
business-relevant insights." 
Shaun Connolly, vice president, Corporate Strategy, Hortonworks  
"With the introduction of FlexPod Select to handle resource-intensive
Hadoop workloads, customers that are concerned about performance can
finally have their datasets processed by a next-generation
enterprise-class platform. FlexPod Select has the added benefit of
providing a highly available infrastructure that can launch faster,
more interactive queries, which will result in deeper and more
meaningful analysis of their data."  
Related Links 

--  Learn more about FlexPod:
--  Read about NetApp and Cisco: Celebrating the Power of Integration:
--  Related news release: Cisco and NetApp Build on Strong Success with
    Expanded FlexPod Architecture

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About FlexPod
 FlexPod is a portfolio of prevalidated, integrated
infrastructure solutions that combine the Cisco Unified Computing
System(TM), Cisco Nexus data center switches, and NetApp storage
components, managed by Cisco UCS Director with a single console for
bare-metal and virtualized workloads. Cisco and NetApp developed
FlexPod to meet the demands of business leaders who need to
consolidate IT infrastructure, save energy costs, host more
applications, and share resources across different departments. The
Flexpod portfolio includes FlexPod Datacenter for core enterprise
data centers and service providers, FlexPod Express for medium-sized
businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data-intensive
workloads. The portfolio is validated with leading hypervisors,
operating systems, systems management tools, and cloud management
platforms. All FlexPod components are orderable from their respective
manufacturers' distribution or resale channel.  
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