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FlexPod: More Flexible Than Ever, and Gaining Customers

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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New Microsoft Solutions Offer Partners More Ways to Differentiate

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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It’s Your Lucky Day, We’ve Got Your Top Cisco News Headlines

May 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm PST

Many believe that number 13 equals bad luck. And on Friday the 13th some may take extra precautions to ensure nothing bad happens. There are literally hundreds of myths out there around things that could bring bad luck: a black cat crossing your path, walking under ladders, and breaking mirrors, to name a few.

One thing that’s guaranteed to bring good luck to all, however, is watching the latest Partner Update newscast. What could be more lucky than getting all of the latest Cisco partner news in less than five minutes?

It’s been a busy week! In this newscast, we share ways that Cisco is simplifying and making easier to do business with us, we cover the top networking myths, new IT cloud and print solutions, give you a recap of our B2B lead generation and marketing webcast with tips on turning leads into customers, a way to turn your customers’ old networking equipment into money for you, showcase B2B blogging tips, and highlight our Tweet of the Week.

Keep reading for highlights and links to everything we covered in this week’s Partner Update along with timestamps so you can easily jump to each item. Read More »

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Trade in Your Customers’ Old Equipment: Enroll in TAP 13 Now

If you’ve ever bought a new car at a car dealership, then you’ve likely considered trading in your old clunker at the time of purchase. That trade-in essentially helps you add to your purchasing power by rewarding you for offering up a dated, used product.

This same principle applies to Cisco’s Trade-In Accelerator Program, or TAP. Do your customers have old equipment lying around that is sorely in need of an upgrade? TAP gives partners financial incentives to migrate a customer’s Cisco and competitive networking equipment to newer Cisco products, using the Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP). How it works: TAP allows partners to apply online, and have customers trade in old equipment. Enrolled partners can then track their progress toward achieving the program requirements (and rewards).

Enrollment in TAP 13 began on May 2 and lasts until June 10. The TAP 13 six-month program period, during which time partners can migrate their customers’ equipment, lasts until October 29.

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Embarking on an Exciting Evolution: What Partners Need to Know

I’ve heard time and again from you (our partners) that we need to simplify, and make it easier to do business with us. Yesterday, we took a leap forward in streamlining Cisco.

Here are the three things I’d like to emphasize about the changes we announced on May 5.

1)    Simplicity.

I promised you at Partner Summit in New Orleans that we would simplify. Yesterday we followed through on that pledge by streamlining our sales, services, and engineering organizations at Cisco.

2)    Profitability.

My top priority is your profitability. We will continue to innovate and invest in industry leading programs like VIP and OIP. And, together we will drive growth and profitability in five key areas:

•    core  (routing, switching, and services)
•    collaboration
•    data center, virtualization, and cloud
•    video
•    architectures

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