|[January 09, 2013]
CDW Achieves FlexPod Premium Partner Standing to Deliver Solutions Based on FlexPod Design Architecture
VERNON HILLS, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
CDW (News - Alert) LLC (CDW), a leading provider of technology solutions to business,
government, education and healthcare, today announced that it has been
designated a FlexPod® Premium Partner by Cisco (News - Alert) and NetApp® to provide
solutions and services supporting the FlexPod data center solution. As a
FlexPod Premium Partner, CDW is recognized for its advanced competencies
in supporting customers as a trusted adviser in deploying FlexPod
FlexPod is a pre-tested and validated solution that combines networking,
computing and storage in a shared infrastructure and supports multiple
applications and workloads to help customers accelerate and simplify
their transition to the cloud.
As a channel partner of Cisco and NetApp, CDW will be able to assist
customers with implementing and configuring virtualized data center
solutions based on the validated FlexPod shared infrastructure, as well
as help customers develop and adhere to best practices for building and
managing best-in-class solutions from Cisco and NetApp. The flexible,
scalable shared infrastructure is pre-tested to lower deployment risk,
increase data center efficiencies and create a flexible information
technology (IT) environment to build a private cloud.
FlexPod Premium Partner status certifies CDW's excellence in providing converged
data center solutions and services based on the pre-tested and
validated FlexPod data center platform. With the FlexPod Premium Partner
framework, CDW is positioned to serve its networking, computing and
storage customers with a single, efficient infrastructure platform that
helps reduce deployment risk, further accelerates deployment times,
povides access to a wide range of additional services and capabilities
specific to FlexPod environments, and increases efficiencies.
"CDW is honored to be a FlexPod Premium Partner, as this status
demonstrates our commitment to being a trusted and highly specialized
data center solutions provider," said Doug Eckrote, CDW senior vice
president, strategic solutions and services. "Customer response has been
very positive to the collaborative approach we take with our vendor
partners to deliver FlexPod's converged infrastructure and networking
capabilities, integrated with our other data center and cloud offerings."
"CDW's achievement to Premium Partner status is well timed as we
celebrate the two-year anniversary of our FlexPod collaboration with
Cisco," said Todd Palmer, vice president, Americas Channel, NetApp.
"This solution demonstrates NetApp's commitment to deliver best-of-breed
technologies for the unified data center through our partner ecosystem,
creating more opportunities and a better alternative for our channel
and NetApp's FlexPod is a validated shared infrastructure that
features the Cisco UCS® server, Cisco network switches and NetApp®
unified storage systems running on Data ONTAP® software. The design
architecture has been jointly tested and validated as a Cisco Validated
Design, so CDW can quickly assess customer needs and deploy integrated
solutions from Cisco and NetApp that meet the stringent requirements of
their dynamic data centers.
FlexPod is a data center platform that offers a unified and validated
infrastructure to simplify data center transformation. The solution
offers flexibility and scalability to integrate and enhance desktop
virtualization, enterprise applications and Infrastructure as a Service
capabilities. FlexPod also provides a pre-validated design and joint
support agreement that speeds time of delivery and provides the ability
to troubleshoot. To learn more about FlexPod, visit www.netapp.com/us/technology/flexpod/
To learn more about CDW's converged infrastructure offerings, visit http://www.cdw.com/convergence.
CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business,
government, education and healthcare. Ranked No. 31 on Forbes' list of
America's Largest Private Companies and No. 270 on the FORTUNE 500, CDW
was founded in 1984 and employs more than 6,900 coworkers. For the
trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012, the company generated
net sales of more than $10 billion. For more information, visit www.CDW.com.
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