The old saying that “time flies by” couldn’t be any more true when I reflect on our decade-long partnership with NetApp. Over the past ten years new technology trends, changing consumption models, and fast-evolving customer needs have altered the IT industry landscape. But the Cisco-NetApp partnership has stood the test of time. Why? Because it was built on a solid foundation: remarkably aligned visions of the future of IT, complimentary technology solutions, and similar corporate cultures.
Over the past two years our partnership momentum has accelerated with the success of the FlexPod architecture. Cisco and NetApp now have more than 2,100 FlexPod customers, deployments in 35 countries and more than 700 channel partners. In fact, our channel partners have proven to be the secret sauce driving FlexPod momentum.
Today, Cisco and NetApp are announcing an expansion of our winning partnership to make it easier for customers to deploy and access next-generation cloud infrastructure solutions. The partnership expansion is built around four key areas: Read More »
Collaborative video isn’t just for globally dispersed teams or CEOs looking to close the next big deal. Recently, it brought together a dozen students who are connected by a love of dance but separated by 8,000 miles.
Cisco and Tata Communications have been working with the National Dance Institute (NDI) since 2011 to find ways video technology can enhance dance. Founded by former New York City ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise and located in the heart of Harlem, NDI is dedicated to introducing children to the arts. Using dance as a catalyst, NDI promotes the belief that the arts are primary and vital in our society and should be a major part of every child’s development and education.
FlexPod, by any measure, has been a great success. 2,100 customers worldwide have adopted the architecture and it stands today as one of the leading converged infrastructure solutions in the industry. IT organizations want to modernize their operations, but they need to do it in a way that mitigates risk and lays down a solid foundation on which to scale. To get there they need a solution that brings the best, most innovative technology in an integrated architecture that’s easy to consume. FlexPod has delivered on that combination of innovation + integration + easy.
Innovation comes in abundance with FlexPod and it has allowed customers to land a wide spectrum of applications on a common infrastructure. The key is that while infrastructure elements are abstracted and pooled (the basic food groups of compute, network and storage) the system supports both bare metal and virtualized workloads with aplomb; a crucial capability given the realities in the data center today. Cisco and NetApp have each taken abstraction and API control deep into the server, network and storage infrastructure, below the OS/Hypervisor waterline, and this is what unlocks new agility for everything built on top.
So what comes next? FlexPod solutions to date have been aimed squarely at the enterprise data center. What Cisco and NetApp announced today expands the architecture on two key axis. Both vectors support the growing challenge IT organizations face today: spanning from the data center core out to the branch office and also into the cloud (both to deliver services and to procure them.) Location independence for applications across this continuum requires infrastructure that can be tuned to support a wide spectrum of workloads and operating models. To do it efficiently requires uniformity in deployment and operating models.
One the axis of operating models, the FlexPod architecture will expand out from the solid base of solutions developed for the data center in two directions: into solutions for branch office and smaller use cases, and upward, with massively scalable designs for solution providers.
On axis of workload, the array of application solutions validated by the companies will continue to grow, allowing customers to expand the footprint of converged infrastructure across their IT services.
From a consumption perspective FlexPod has established an impressive, highly scaled presence, because it was designed by both companies to “meet in the channel.” The solution is offered today by more that 700 partners in 35 countries.
While it’s possible to sometimes have too much of a good thing, it’s clear we’re a long way from that with FlexPod.
Our partners know that in today’s environment small and medium-sized businesses need to reduce costs, focus on new markets, and improve sales effectiveness. They can accomplish this by increasing their productivity. And we can help by introducing our partners to Cisco’s new small business portfolio, which helps small business customers tap into the value of the network, while maximizing their investment.
These new products and services allow workers to collaborate securely—whether onsite or mobile. This is especially important as the mobile worker population is expected to reach 1.3 billion by 2015, and 71 percent of small businesses now function as work-from-anywhere businesses (according to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2011–2015 Forecast).
In addition to security, technologies that are easy to use and manage are critical in this market, where dedicated IT departments typically don’t exist. Implementing technologies that fit within tight budgets are also a must.
In response to these challenges, Cisco introduced a new family of small business technologies, which support the requirements of small businesses looking to gain a competitive advantage—including new security, collaboration, and mobility capabilities. Read More »
The Summit is open to all HIMSS13 attendees at no additional cost; however, registration is required as seating is limited. This is a one day program and all sessions are included in the registration. Complimentary boxed lunch is also included.
Monday, March 4, 2013
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (check-in at 9:30 a.m.)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
The agenda will feature engaging presentations from:
The Net Effect – A Cisco Perspective
Chief Futurist Cisco
Equal parts prognosticator and pragmatist, Cisco’s chief futurist will share how innovation is driving dramatic change in all fields, including healthcare.
Transforming Patient Engagement
Dr. David Langer
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery North Shore, LIJ Health System
Vice President of Enterprise Network Services
North Shore, LIJ Health System
Learn how a unique partnership between clinical and IT leadership has led to the practical application of technology in the care process that has greatly increased patient engagement.
Lake Nona: A Connected Health Community
Executive Director Lake Nona
The first city in the US built with ubiquitous connectivity and interconnected building, transportation, utility, and civic systems– hear how Lake Nona’s innovative design provides for unified approach to lifelong health care delivery, learning and education.
A Collaborative Discharge Process
Dr. Mark Blatt
Chief Medical Director Intel
A classic “moment of truth” impacting quality, the patient experience, and even the bottom-line – attend this session to learn about a technology-enabled, collaborative approach to the discharge process.
Following Dr. Blatt’s session, there will be a giveaway, sponsored by Intel, of three Ultrabook™ systems. Must be present to win.
Ultrabook is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Co-sponsored by Intel®:
This program is approved for up to 3.25 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).