Cisco and NetApp have announced that the FlexPod integrated infrastructure solution has generated $3 billion in joint sales since its launch in 2010. The integrated FlexPod solutions combine Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus data center switches, and NetApp storage components, managed by Cisco UCS Director with a single console for bare metal servers and virtualized workloads.
FlexPod unit shipments would have grown 81 percent year-over-year, with demand for FlexPod solutions now reaching a $2 billion annualized demand run rate. FlexPod is deployed with more than 4,100 customers and available in over 100 countries, an increase from 2,300 customers, and 70 countries last year.
Critical to the success of FlexPod would have been its popularity with channel partners. The FlexPod global reseller ecosystem continues to grow with more than 1,000 channel partners qualified to sell and support Cisco and NetApp technologies. These include 110 FlexPod Premium partners with the specialized skills to sell and support integrated infrastructure.
Technology partners have also contributed to the success of FlexPod, with key companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Citrix, F5, BridgeHead Software, Eaton, and Splunk, optimizing applications to run atop a FlexPod integrated infrastructure.
Private and public cloud
As businesses embrace hybrid clouds to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver business-critical applications and services, Cisco and NetApp are now aggressively integrating innovative technology into the FlexPod architecture, including Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric, along with NetApp’s clustered DATA ONTAP, Flash and cloud technologies.
“Our partnership with Cisco on the FlexPod integrated infrastructure redefined how enterprises deployed private cloud infrastructure,” said Tom Georgens, Chairman and CEO, NetApp. “As the data center extends to include public cloud hosting services for better economics and infinite scale, NetApp and Cisco are again leading the way, helping customers realize the transformative business benefits of hybrid cloud.”