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The Power Of Partnering: Microsoft Recognizes FlexPod Partner Innovation

October 15, 2015 - 2 Comments

Cisco is proud to celebrate its five years of partnering with NetApp in delivering unprecedented value to customers with the FlexPod integrated infrastructure solutions. This innovative collaboration has helped simplify and modernize enterprise IT so that organizations can achieve better business outcomes. In its first five years, FlexPod has experienced incredible growth, generating shared revenues of $5.6 billion. And today, more than 6,300 customer organizations and 1,100 partners worldwide have experienced how FlexPod lets them reimagine what technology can do.

The power of partnering with NetApp was further validated when Cisco and our partners were recently recognized as Microsoft Partners of the Year in two categories with integrated solutions built on FlexPod.


(L: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, shares a special moment with Rick Snyder, SVP Americas Partner Organization at Cisco, at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando R: Jennifer Hewlett, Director of Global Technology and ISV Partner Marketing at Cisco receives the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award from Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President—WW Partner Group at Microsoft.  )

First, Cisco, NetApp and Dimension Data received Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Award in the Modern Data Center, Customer Focus, category for the work in creating the Zero Touch solution at ING Direct. Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft and Dimension Data teamed to create a fully integrated solution that enables ING DIRECT to meet its customers’ online needs by speeding the release of new products to market and never having to take any banking application down ever again. The solution implemented was Microsoft Private Cloud on FlexPod—a computing, networking, and storage solution developed by Cisco and NetApp.

Additionally, Cisco partner, Scalability Experts, was named the Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year for the amazing results attained with the SQL Server 2014 on FlexPod at Iforium.  For example, after testing up to 50,000 concurrent users of Iforium with the Flexpod Data Center for Microsoft Private Cloud, Scalability Experts found 208% faster transaction response times and 250% faster page response times which are impressive results especially when considering that a few millisecond differences in response times can mean the gain or loss of millions of dollars

Expanding our Impact: Microsoft Private Cloud with Flexpod and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Migration to SQL Server 2014 on UCS Campaigns

While the Microsoft Partner of the Year awards highlight the positive impact of select Cisco partners, all Cisco channel partners have the opportunity to deliver significant impact for their customers by helping them overcome important challenges they are facing today.

For example, IT leaders recognize that the advent of the Internet of Everything will require them to modernizing their data centers with cloud capabilities in order to give their businesses the type of agility needed to execute on their business goals and stay ahead of the competition. Additionally, today’s technology leaders who will be facing end of support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 commencing on April 2016 must navigate the challenges of upgrading their data platforms to run mission-critical SQL workloads or face the risk of operating without support.

Cisco channel partners have a significant opportunity to grow their business by helping customers navigate these data center/platform modernization efforts through two new partner-ready campaigns: Microsoft Private Cloud with Flexpod and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Migration to SQL Server 2014 on UCS .

Cisco channel partners can login into Cisco Partner Marketing Central to take advantage of these marketing campaign resources to drive awareness and to increase demand for their Microsoft Private Cloud or SQL Server solutions. These partner ready campaign resources include:

  • Collateral such as the migration guide, solution brochure and offer at-a-glance
  • Demand generation emails, telemarketing script and event-in-a-box assets
  • Partner playbook, customer presentation and sales accelerator card

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  1. Great overview Ed and partnerships definitely drive success. #WeAreCisco