Rob Lloyd, Cisco President of Development & Sales Excites Insight Audience in Las Vegas

By Mike Dilio, FlexPod Marketing Manager, NetApp

ciscopart.pngAs the only Diamond sponsor at NetApp’s Insight conference in October, NetApp was delighted to welcome Cisco Executive Committee Member and President of Development & Sales, Rob Lloyd to the main stage. In addition to celebrating the tremendous success and market momentum that our two companies have enjoyed with FlexPod, Rob also shared how partners and customers will continue to benefit from on-going innovation made possible by our mutual alliance. Our partnership is winning in the data center with broader integrated offerings for customers eager to embrace the possibilities available through a hybrid cloud strategy.

Fast Innovation Requires Fast IT

Transformation of the data center and pressures on IT to perform at an accelerated pace means a need for market-ready solutions that take advantage of cloud, integrated infrastructures and an application-centric approach that critical line-of-business leaders demand. Cisco and NetApp want our eco-system to know that we continue to invest in driving state-of-the-art solutions designed to:

  • Retain the trust of our partners by helping them offer superior value while reducing risk;
  • Provide customers with greater choice, greater flexibility;
  • Pioneer innovation across the data center with market-ready solutions.

FlexPod Acceleration

FlexPod is a global leader in integrated infrastructure. By combining Cisco UCS and NetApp storage into a single system, we have provided partners and customers with the ability to dramatically improve efficiency and agility of a customer’s data center while reducing deployment risks. Our commitment to validated designs and a cooperative support model has enabled a seamless and robust environment for partners to deliver leading-edge innovation. As Rob talked about the future of FlexPod, social media captured the excitement from an audience enthusiastic about investing in architectures that deliver agility, management, integration, automation and best-in-class support.

vmisstweet.pngIntercloud and ACI

Rob also expanded on Cisco’s global commitment to invest more than $1Bn over the next two years to build the world’s first truly open, hybrid cloud. The Cisco Intercloud will be built on Cisco cloud technologies and deliver an open standards-based global infrastructure, designed to support any workload, on any hypervisor and interoperate with any cloud. Automation and speed of deployment will be leveraged through Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to:

  • Optimize application performance;
  • Roll out new services much faster;
  • Improve application security, compliance, auditing, and mobility.

Data ONTAP with NetApp’s Cloud ONTAP® and OnCommand Cloud Manager®

In parallel, NetApp continues to dominate the market with the Number 1 Branded Storage Operating System as ranked by IDC, and at Insight we were able to share how NetApp’s clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 now features Cloud ONTAP and OnCommand Cloud Manager. These products combine with Cisco offerings to deliver hybrid cloud software-defined data management solutions for storage efficiency, seamless scalability, and non-disruptive operations.

Cloud ONTAP provides the customer with the flexible option of running ONTAP OS on Cisco server hardware as a virtual machine in the cloud and is used in conjunction with OnCommand Cloud Manager. OnCommand Cloud Manager delivers a customer portal for extremely efficient and easy provisioning of Cloud ONTAP and movement between private and public cloud providers.


In Summary, Our Promise to You

The burden on IT to offer agile infrastructure solutions so that line-of-business operations can respond to market pressures and lead with competitive differentiation is increasing. Partners and customers who invest in the collaborative solutions offered by Cisco and NetApp will reap the benefits of on-going innovation and seamless support. Our combined hybrid cloud offerings enable efficiencies, optimization, reduced risk, greater manageability and the highest levels of security, helping position our mutual customers to lead in their respective fields by providing capabilities to rapidly respond to changing market conditions.

For partners committed to leading with Cisco and NetApp, our promise to you is more solutions that enable you to remain competitive, differentiated and supported. Our success has been built on the success of our partner community. Together we are winning. And we are extremely proud of that.