Cisco and NetApp announce increased FlexPod integration

Partnership to scale product from branch office up to the cloud

Cisco and NetApp have introduced new features to their joint FlexPod converged architecture, further strengthening the partnership between the two companies.

The converged FlexPod portfolio is being pitched by the two as a means to simplify deployment, management and orchestration.

The offering now includes more products for public cloud infrastructure, as well as branch offices and data centres with a common foundation for data centres and service providers.

It also sports deeper integration across its compute, network, storage and orchestration components.

Additionally, FlexPod will now support Cisco UCS Manager 2.1, UCS Central and Cisco’s recently acquired Cloupia products. Support for Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (Cisco IAC) also allows FlexPod customers access cloud management products.

The companies claim deeper integration across FlexPod at the platform level will enable the product to be seamlessly orchestrated by partner offerings, including Microsoft System Center and Citrix CloudPlatform.

Both firms are also developing flexible, massively scalable FlexPod products capable of handling multi-data centre service provider architectures. This will bring together NetApp Clustered ONTAP and FAS storage systems with Cisco UCS servers and Nexus 7000 Series Switches that can then be scaled up and down depending on application requirements.

Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior said the FlexPod relationship with NetApp had been successful over the last ten years.

“Building on that success, we're now expanding our partnership to deliver deeper technology integration and broader solution development across the unified data centre for an open, scalable, multi-cloud infrastructure,” she said.

There are now more than 2,100 FlexPod customers across more than 35 countries and over 700 channel partners selling the product.