FlexPod expands its leadership with six more validated designs including an update to the award-winning Microsoft Private Cloud now with Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, and an industry first ACI-ready solution with the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch. Plus we’re adding the world’s largest software company, Microsoft, to the Cooperative Support Model, and rolled out an innovative FlexPod Unified Financing program that reduces the cost of financing a FlexPod.
FlexPod Leadership in Perspective
It’s been said leaders have the willingness to confront the major anxiety in their time. And that’s what we did with FlexPod. We reduced the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure by doing the upfront partnering, designing, testing and documentation of popular business-class solutions. FlexPod has allowed customers to reduce cost, resellers to reduce time to solution, and both have gotten a product with better performance and availability.
FlexPod being a leader in the market is also important because IT professionals need to know they are making the best investment decision for their organization’s money. Being #1 means a solution has been vetted by more people, it’s more established in the market, and is ultimately a safer bet for companies whose business relies on its IT infrastructure.
Here are some FlexPod leadership proofpoints:
Investing in Leading Innovation
One of FlexPod’s key differentiators is our growing library of Validated Designs, which we make freely available to customers and resellers. Whereas the competition has “designs” that are really just 2-20 page spec sheets, we take the time to design, build out, test, document, and then enable Cooperative Support, for each of our reference architectures. An example is the 650 page guide for FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud. So far we’re up to 54 publications with the newest ones available online for free.
This quarter we’ve announced another half-dozen validations, including designs to enable Cloud and broadened support of the Cisco Nexus Switch line. Here they are at a glance, with links to the initial publications:
Expanding FlexPod Leadership with New Programs
FlexPod is expanding its well-regarded Cooperative Support Model to include a truly leading partner, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company. Cooperative Support provides simplified and streamlined support for resellers and customer, across a solution stack that includes best of breed products from multiple, independent vendors. Adding additional partners deepens this streamlining across more of the stack and/or across workloads. The inclusion of Microsoft does both. The Cooperative Support service now extends its coverage to a number of Microsoft offerings: Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor, Windows Server operating system, System Center management, and Remote Desktop Services VDI; other Microsoft apps are covered as in the past through the TSANET.org multivendor support community agreement. For FlexPod, Microsoft is engaged with reference architecture support readiness, joint escalation procedures as needed, and is a member of the FlexPod Cooperative Support Lab in RTP, North Carolina.
FlexPod Unified Financing is a single Financing program created by NetApp and Cisco, in partnership with De Lage Landen, a worldwide leader in asset-based leasing. It’s a combined program that allows the financing of NetApp and Cisco gear, along with third-party software and technology, vendor services, support and education, all on a single agreement. Whereas in the past a reseller or customer had to choose between either a NetApp or Cisco lease agreement, this is an alternative that removes overlap between the programs, and makes for simpler, more consistent proposals. There is no size limit on deals, from small ticket to over US$250,000, and users can even expect a better rate from this integrated offering. Because of increased scale efficiencies and improved residual valuation, we expect this program to deliver the lowest rates for FlexPod financing available anywhere in the world.
Winter Leadership Summary
FlexPod announces another winning season with six new validated designs including an industry-first ACI-ready design. We added the world’s largest software company to Cooperative Support while introducing a FlexPod Unified Financing program to deliver the lowest financing rates on the planet. Look for new executive and partner blog posts from NetApp, Cisco and Microsoft, Webpage updates, new Collateral, Sales Tools, Social media and other communications. You can see and learn about FlexPod at upcoming events including CiscoLive! Milan and VMware PEX. FlexPod info is available on the web at NetApp.com/FlexPod with exclusive partner content available at FlexPodPartners.com, and a Community site for all users, partners and interested parties at FlexPodCommunity.com. Follow us on Twitter at @mhardi01