Rapidly changing business conditions, global competition, and digital transformation projects have resulted in an increased reliance on IT to deliver positive business outcomes. Yet, many businesses continue to struggle with delivering the applications and services at the rate and speed required to meet the needs. The culprit? Inflexible IT that cannot support the scale and rate of change their businesses demand. Legacy IT infrastructure remains complex, expensive to deploy and maintain, and risky to upgrade or change.

Modern businesses need modern IT. The FlashStack converged infrastructure solution consists of Cisco UCS servers, Nexus switches, and Pure Storage FlashArray storage. UntitledFlashStack is a high performance, always-on solution that is simple to deploy, operate, and upgrade.

The early results are positive. FlashStack has experienced some really strong traction with thousands of deployments spread across more than 30 countries. A recent customer example is FlightStats, part of FlightGlobal, which provides real-time and historical flight information to both companies and individuals. As their business grew, FlightStats’ IT Infrastructure struggled to keep pace. They deployed FlashStack using just four cables to connect UCS to the Pure Storage array. They run 239 virtual machines on just 5 UCS blades and process millions of messages per hour.

The simplicity and speed in which FlashStack can linearly scale without performance degradation has made it very popular for VDI and Oracle databases. We are excited to introduce two new Cisco Validated Designs:

Cisco and Pure Storage are also collaborating to integrate new technologies such as UCS Director to deliver automation and orchestration capabilities and a one-call support model for FlashStack solutions to help customers resolve issues faster. For more details on FlashStack click here


Todd Brannon

Product Management Senior Director, Cisco Compute