By Patrick Rogers, Vice President of Solutions and Integrations at NetApp
This quarter, Cisco and NetApp announce enhancements to the FlexPod® platform and portfolio to continue our track record of success. I’m proud of what we continue to build around FlexPod and am excited to share some of the significant updates.
We are announcing important enhancements to the FlexPod design portfolio serving enterprise, service provider and mid-market accounts, with one centered on the newest Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch which establishes a foundation for future technology enhancements. Our growing family of validated designs also includes support for new cloud solutions with both Microsoft and Citrix. FlexPod designs provide IT with best of breed components, plus simplified, coordinated support across vendors – and we’ve now expanded our Cooperative Support program to include the world’s largest software company, Microsoft.
Cooperative Support and Financing Program Enhancements
Microsoft joins the FlexPod Cooperative Support program, becoming the newest Cooperative Support partner, along with NetApp, Cisco, VMware, and Citrix who joined last quarter. The addition of Microsoft extends the simplified and streamlined support experience for customers and resellers. Along with participation in joint escalation procedures when needed, Microsoft is also part of the Cooperative Support Lab.
FlexPod Unified Financing brings financial innovation to the FlexPod program. FlexPod Unified Financing is a single financing program from NetApp and Cisco, enabling the simplified purchase of FlexPod solutions which can include a mix of NetApp and Cisco gear, application software, management software, planning and deployment services, maintenance, training and other third-party vendor offerings. Having this new unified program removes the overlap between individual vendor financing programs, simplifies proposals, and lowers financing rates.
Continuing to Build the Cloud
In support of cloud, we are announcing more validated designs including an update to the award-winning FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud, now with SMB 3.0 and Clustered Data ONTAP, and Citrix CloudPlatform, a unified cloud management platform.
FlexPod continues to lead through growth and innovation quarter after quarter. I am very excited about all of these new enhancements and expect to see this continue into the future. Read what our partner Cisco is saying about this winter’s FlexPod enhancements: