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October 11, 2012

Cisco News - Cisco and NetApp Expand Data Center Infrastructure Solutions

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Catering to the growing networking requirements of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), NetApp has partnered with Cisco (News - Alert) to introduce various data center infrastructure solutions.

One such product is ExpressPod, which helps SMBs virtualize their networking, storage and computing environments. They’re prepackaged and tested solution bundles available with this product and are delivered by joint channel partners.

Even large companies have something to look forward from this partnership. FlexPod, another product offered with this joint partnership, now supports and validates VMware vSphere on NetApp Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode, the company has announced.

This product strives to satisfy the insatiable need for storage capacity of large companies by providing the ability to add nodes to their storage cluster. Users can also think of having multi-tenancy feature as the storage pool resources can be securely isolated and dynamically allocated.

The complicated functions such as load balancing, system maintenance and device upgrades now become easier as FlexPod allows nondisruptive data migration of hundreds of virtual machines.

“With the introduction of ExpressPod and feature enhancements in FlexPod, NetApp and Cisco offer end-to-end infrastructure solutions for midsized businesses to large enterprises,” said Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. “These solutions simplify data center infrastructure deployments and accelerate the move from fragmented application silos to shared, virtualized, and cloud environments.”

Recently, the company joined hands with Desktone, Inc. to provide a joint solution which also assists service providers in tackling the challenges faced during the installation of virtual desktops. This is done by decreasing startup expenses, removing design and management complexity, and enhancing performance.

This partnership enables service providers to use the new combined solution to quickly install a full-featured service that allows their users to easily reap the benefits of virtual desktops.

Edited by Braden Becker

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