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NetApp, Aptec unveil Expresspod

The two companies target the fast growing SMB segment with new offering

Aptec has launched extensive marketing campaigns to promote Expresspod, says Haridas.
Aptec has launched extensive marketing campaigns to promote Expresspod, says Haridas.

Value-added distributor Aptec, an Ingram Micro company, has announced the launch of NetApp's Expresspod SMB virtualisation solution in the Middle East.

ExpressPod is NetApp's and Cisco's new pre-packaged solution, which combines computing, networking, storage, and management products into a solution architected for streamlined deployment.

According to Aptec, ExpressPod integrates Cisco UCS C-Series servers, NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 storage, and Cisco Nexus 3048 switches with infrastructure management to support an open ecosystem of management and hypervisor solutions.

"After having a successful run globally, with Flexpod being adopted by the enterprise and mid-sized enterprise customers, now NetApp and Cisco have launched Expresspod to replicate the same success in the fast growing SMB segment," said Govind Haridas, business unit manager, Security and Storage at Aptec. "It is a validated design and a viable alternative for the customers who want to enjoy enterprise-class performance with limited IT budgets."

According to Haridas, Aptec has launched extensive marketing campaigns to promote Expresspod and is also driving initiatives to enable channel partners to support the various customer engagements. "In addition to a wide range of sales and marketing resources designed to help partners grow their businesses and accelerate customer success, Cisco and NetApp offer a plan, design and implement help desk that allows partners to collaborate with the two vendors in solving real-world implementation challenges," he said.

According to Aptec, critical to the success of FlexPod and ExpressPod is the more than 660 certified FlexPod partners, including 33 premium partners in EMEA and the Americas.

Aptec said clear deployment guidance and training, coupled with support, marketing, and demand-generation resources from Cisco and NetApp, provide help to partners to build and extend infrastructure solution practices to IT departments globally.