Cisco, NetApp Expand FlexPod Portfolio

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Last week Cisco and NetApp said that the FlexPod portfolio has been expanded to include FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive workloads. FlexPod has also been renamed to FlexPod Datacenter, and ExpressPod has been renamed to FlexPod Express. The former service is for core enterprise data centers and service providers whereas the latter is for medium-sized businesses and branch offices.

"FlexPod supports the growing need to tie storage, networks, applications, and analytics (such as big data) into a more automated, responsive system that increases efficiency and lowers operational expense," Cisco said. "The new offerings build on the joint vision and strategy of Cisco and NetApp to unify branch offices, core data centers, service providers, and dedicated application infrastructures."

Cisco said FlexPod Select is the first family in the FlexPod portfolio to address targeted workloads. It helps minimize the risk in deploying Hadoop by validating the open source analytics platform for storage, compute, connectivity, and management. It will initially target data-intensive requirements of Hadoop-based big data applications in financial services, government, retail manufacturing, and other markets.

The FlexPod Select family combines NetApp E-Series and FAS storage systems, Cisco UCS C-Series servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco management software. It's also the first in the FlexPod portfolio to feature patented NetApp E-Series platform as an option, the company said.

"FlexPod Select with Hadoop includes two validated configurations: FlexPod Select with Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP)," the company said. "Both configurations enable the accelerated deployment of a highly available, enterprise-class Hadoop environment on the FlexPod Select architecture."

In addition to FlexPod Select, FlexPod Datacenter solutions now feature the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch which provides a high levels of network availability with nonstop operations. FlexPod Datacenter also now offers SnapProtect which provides comprehensive disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup and recovery for VMware, NAS shares and Microsoft Exchange scenarios.

"Since its launch in 2010, FlexPod has been a tremendous success with more than 2,400 customers in 35 countries globally. This success has created new opportunities," said Cisco's Jim McHugh. "Customers are requesting additional solutions based on the FlexPod platform to address an even broader spectrum of deployment types, workloads, and applications. Today Cisco and NetApp have extended the value of FlexPod by broadening the portfolio with new offerings, products, and validated designs."

NetApp talks more about the new expanded portfolio in a blog here as does Cisco in a blog here.

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