Cisco axes Invicta flash storage business

Vendor confirms it is shuttering its flash storage array business acquired in the $415m Whiptail deal in 2013

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Cisco axes Invicta flash storage business Last year Cisco pulled Invicta shipments owing to quality control issues.
By  Manda Banda Published  August 3, 2015

Cisco confirmed it has closed its Invicta flash storage array business, specifically the Invicta Appliance and Scaling System products the networking giant derived from its $415m buyout of flash array supplier Whiptail in 2013.

The vendor said instead it will continue to work with "market-leading flash storage solutions," from its storage partners, likely a nod to EMC and NetApp.

While Cisco initially contended the Whiptail acquisition fit well with its Unified Computing System (UCS) platform, many believed it ultimately would add unwelcome strain to its relationships with old line storage vendors. It didn't help that last year Cisco pulled Invicta shipments owing to quality control issues.

Cisco said that despite closing Invicta sales it will continue to provide technical support to existing customers.

"Cisco strives to deliver solutions and services that exceed customers' expectations; and, as part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own," a Cisco spokesperson said in a statement.

"Cisco is prioritising the elements of our portfolio to drive the most value for our customers both now and in the future, and today, we are announcing the End of Life (EoL) for the Invicta Appliance and Scaling System products. We will continue to support existing customers who have deployed Invicta products in accordance with our products and services end of life policy, which includes ongoing technical assistance, software support and spare/replacement parts.

"Cisco maintains a leadership position in the data centre market, with high demand and growing market share. UCS delivers on customers' compute and network needs, and we will continue to invest in building world-class data centre solutions via UCS product innovations, and market-leading flash storage solutions from our partner ecosystem," the spokesperson added.

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