Cisco, NetApp announce new FlexPod

New pre-validated design architectures are priced and sized for smaller workloads

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Cisco, NetApp announce new FlexPod Cisco and NetApp have announced a new extension to the FlexPod series, focusing on SMBs.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 12, 2012

Cisco and NetApp are extending the FlexPod to help more customers accelerate their transition to the cloud.

The series of new pre-validated design architectures are priced and sized for smaller workloads.

This new FlexPod series is built on a flexible, scalable, shared infrastructure that combines computing, networking and storage solutions from Cisco and NetApp.

Additionally, to simplify and accelerate implementation of cloud automation capabilities, Cisco and NetApp have also validated several new management solutions from leading software management vendors for all FlexPod design architectures.

The entry-level FlexPod solution is designed for business workloads with 500 to 1000 users, and is designed to allow customers to invest only in the infrastructure they require and allow for simple and rapid scaling to meet growing demands as their business needs change.

The entry-level FlexPod solution is designed to easily scale to larger enterprises by adding incremental capacity as a company's needs grow for larger application workloads. The entry-level FlexPod for the first time combines the NetApp entry-level FAS2240 and the Cisco UCS C-Series Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches, Cisco Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender, and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects.

This new FlexPod also provides greater flexibility and customer choice, supporting multiple hypervisors and business applications to help accelerate deployment of private clouds. Since Cisco and NetApp first announced FlexPod in November 2010, it has grown to become an extremely popular converged infrastructure platform. FlexPod is available worldwide through more than 500 FlexPod partners and more than 850 customers use FlexPod for their data centre infrastructure - representing more than 400% growth in customer adoption in less than a year.

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