Cisco and NetApp launch prepackaged storage solution for SMB sector

Infotech Lead India: Cisco and NetApp have launched ExpressPod, a prepackaged and tested solution for SMB sector.

Cisco and NetApp have launched ExpressPod (source:

A part of expanding and extending their family of infrastructure solutions, Cisco and NetApp also announced the addition of new storage clustering capabilities to the FlexPod data center platform, and the release of a validated VMware solution for Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) on FlexPod.

ExpressPod offers prepackaged and tested solution bundles to SMB organizations that are going to virtualize their networking, storage, and computing environments

ExpressPod will be integrated and delivered by joint channel partners.

“Cisco and NetApp provide architectural test beds and technical resources that help our channel partners design flexible and efficient shared infrastructures that meet a customer’s needs today, yet scale to anticipate and address future growth,” said Brian Allison, director, Business Development, Cisco.

“These solutions simplify data center infrastructure deployments and accelerate the move from fragmented application silos to shared, virtualized, and cloud environments,” said Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp.

“VMware is pleased to be the first cloud infrastructure partner to support FlexPod and ExpressPod. As more desktops and applications move to the cloud, we will continue to partner with Cisco and NetApp across the solution stack,” said Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware.

ExpressPod integrates Cisco UCS C-Series servers, NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 storage, and Cisco Nexus 3048 switches with infrastructure management, into an affordable, easy-to-deploy infrastructure solution. ExpressPod supports an open ecosystem of management and hypervisor solutions.

Cisco and NetApp are targeting large enterprise data centers with FlexPod now that features support and validation for VMware vSphere on NetApp Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode.

They claim that enterprises and data centers can drive growth by adding nodes to their storage cluster creating large storage pools. The storage pool resources can be allocated to support multi-tenancy. NetApp storage clustering enables nondisruptive data migration of hundreds of virtual machines at a time to facilitate load balancing, system maintenance and device upgrades without interrupting the running applications.

More than 1,300 organizations in 35 countries have already used FlexPod.

Ignition Creative, a full-service multimedia entertainment marketing company, is in the process of implementing FlexPod to consolidate operations onto a single platform.

“Our agency was managing and maintaining three separate data center infrastructures,” said Rich Oldfield, chief technology officer, Ignition Creative. “We are working with Cisco and NetApp to converge our infrastructure onto the FlexPod data center platform and massively simplify operations. By deploying FlexPod, we’re confident we’ll be able to scale our infrastructure without limit, and without disruption to our business, as our needs grow.”

Recently, reported that NetApp is shipping Dynamic Disk Pools, a data protection technology to improve system performance. It is available on big data solutions built on the NetApp E-Series platform.

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