What’s a FlexPod—is it a highly flexible case for your favorite MP3 player? A cool new modern chair? No, FlexPod is a design architecture combining networking, computing and storage infrastructure that’s now available through 120 channel partners worldwide!
Yes, that’s right—since its launch in November of last year, FlexPod has seen tremendous growth in the marketplace, with 120 partners worldwide now offering this flexible, scalable shared infrastructure that helps customers lower deployment risk, increase data center efficiencies, and create a flexible IT environment to build a private cloud. FlexPod, which is built on the Cisco UCS server platform, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp unified storage, has also been adopted by more than 150 customers.
Furthermore, to make it even easier to purchase and deploy a FlexPod, Avnet Technology Solutions today announced it is pre-bundling the FlexPod, based on the Cisco and NetApp reference design architecture guides, for our resellers partners in the U.S. and Canada. Avnet will now provide a single source through its newly introduced FlexPod Services, offering partners all the products, assembly, testing, technical expertise, and support they need to successfully bring FlexPod to market.
Do your customers use SAP applications? Then you’ll also be interested in the last piece of today’s FlexPod news.
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Tags: Avnet, Cisco, FlexPod, netapp, nexus, partners, SAP, UCS
Guest Post by Alex Jauch (Technical Architect, NetApp)
This week at Microsoft TechEd, NetApp and Cisco announced our joint Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track submission. The submission was the result of a great working partnership between NetApp and Cisco. We’re very pleased with the solutions and technical expertise that the Cisco team brought to the project. Because of our strong partnership, Cisco and NetApp have been able to produce a great Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solution.
Here’s an example, because both NetApp and Cisco have both been investing in our Microsoft management integration platforms and we have been able to integrate these features into our submission to Fast Track. Both Cisco and NetApp have been working closely with the Microsoft Opalis Integration Server team and we were able to combine our solutions into a single solution that enables rapid provisioning from a bare metal blade to a full running Windows Cluster and then VM provisioning against that cluster. You can see a demonstration of this solution here:
NetApp Hyper-V Cloud With Cisco Rapid Provisioning
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, cloud, Hyper-V, Microsoft, MSTechEd, netapp, TechEd, UCS, virtualization
In a competitive market, differentiation makes all the difference. Whether you’re selling sneakers or servers, being able to offer the widest selection of products to meet a broad set of needs is critical in helping to drive growth and grow profits.
So today’s announcements of three new reference configurations focused on Microsoft applications and technologies will likely please you—now our partners will have even more opportunities to sell a broader set of solutions, giving customers more choice.
Today, along with our storage partners, Cisco is greatly expanding our channel partners’ ability to offer customers Microsoft-based private cloud, data warehouse, or OLTP configurations based on shipping Cisco UCS server and Nexus networking products. Three standalone, discrete reference architectures are now available: A Cisco-developed SQL Server 2008 R2 Data Warehouse solution; a Cisco-developed SQL Server 2008 R2 Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) offer; and Cisco as the server partner with NetApp as they bring to market their NetApp for Private Cloud offer as part of Microsoft’s Hyper-V Private Cloud program.
How will this impact you? Here are more details.
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Tags: channel partners, Microsoft, netapp, partners, services, SQL Server, UCS
This guest post is presented by Rex Backman, Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft Solutions, Cisco, email@example.com
Cisco is very pleased to announce that Microsoft has invited us to be part of their Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. This is great news for our customers and partners as it will allow for Cisco UCS based server infrastructures for Windows Server 2008 R2 based private cloud deployments.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, cloud, Hyper-V, Microsoft, netapp, UCS, virtualization
I am happy to share that Cisco today announced the participation and availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Data Warehouse solutions as part of the Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track 3.0 program. This solution is designed to accelerate the consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
Over the last few months, we’ve worked very closely with Microsoft and our storage partners EMC and NetApp to develop the enabling reference architectures. These reference architectures will be published shorty, comprising of the fast growing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, SQL Server 2008 R2, and choice of EMC VNX or NetApp FAS as the storage component of the solution.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, CiscoUCS, EMC, Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0, netapp, SQL Server 2008R2, TechEd 2011