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by John Rollason, Senior Manager Product, Solutions & Alliances EMEA, NetApp

For many years the server market was dominated by the likes of IBM, HP/Compaq, Fujitsu, Dell, Sun and characterised by small market share shifts. True the market changed as rack and blade servers became popular, but most of the players recognized the shift and adapted.  Then Server Virtualisation technologies changed the market and Cisco disrupted it completely with the launch of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in 2009. Today Cisco’s vision for server virtualization has been proven successful with more than 10,000 UCS customers and 54 UCS world record results. Customers obviously see the advantage!

Cisco’s innovation, vision and leadership are an ideal match with NetApp, a recognized leader and innovative in the storage industry. Over more than a decade of collaboration our companies have achieved a number of milestones including first native FCoE SAN storage solutions and first certified end-to-end FCoE solution for VMware environments.

Just over a year ago NetApp and Cisco introduced FlexPod, a pre-designed, pre-tested and validated Data Centre cloud solution built on modular and unified architecture composed of Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp unified storage systems running Data ONTAP. FlexPod components are integrated and standardized to help you eliminate the guesswork and achieve timely, repeatable, consistent deployments. FlexPod has also been optimized with a variety of mixed application workloads and design configurations in various environments such as virtual desktop infrastructure and secure multi-tenancy environments.

Today more than 500 customers across 33 countries are seeing the benefits of Cisco UCS + NetApp. In fact, I”ve blogged about European FlexPod customers including Accenture, Börse Stuttgart, Computacenter, Terremark, Guiness Partnership, Loughborough University, and many more.

This week at Cisco Live London 2012 you’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from several organizations transforming their infrastructures and businesses on FlexPod and talk with variety of partners activity selling and developing solutions built on FlexPod.  NetApp is a Platinum sponsor of Cisco Live and I’ll be at NetApp Stand P1 with the rest of the team for the 4th year. Highlights include:

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An Introduction to FlexPod: Validated Cloud Architectures Built on Cisco and NetApp

John Rollason, NetApp and Kerry Partridge, Cisco will introduce the FlexPod strategy and architecture. They will explain how FlexPod reduces risk as organisations look to move to cloud environments and results in a quick and efficient deployment of VMware, Citrix, SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft business application software on a far more efficient and flexible shared infrastructure.

•Time: Thursday, 2nd Feb – 09:00-10:00

•Speakers: Kerry Partridge, Cisco; John Rollason, NetApp

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The Guinness Partnership – ANS Group – FlexPod: Built for the Future, Built on NetApp

Join NetApp, ANS Group and The Guinness Partnership in this NetApp sponsored case study session where you will hear about the challenges faced by The Guinness Partnership delivering affordable housing and care following the incorporation of new housing partners and expansion in their business.

•Time: Tuesday, 31st Jan – 14:15-15:15

•Speakers: Stephen Howells, The Guinness Partnership; Andy Barrow, ANS Group; Laurence James, NetApp

For the complete view of NetApp and FlexPod activities, demos and sessions check out the NetApp Cisco Live page. I also invite you to visit the FlexPod Facebook Fan page for regular updates and pictures directly from the show floor. We hope you’ll join us at Cisco Live Europe!

You can follow John on Twitter @JohnRollason and read more blogs from John here: JR’s ITPad blog

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