Cisco, Pure Storage Expand FlashStack Converged Infrastructure Partnership With New CVDs


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Cisco and Pure Storage Thursday unveiled an expansion of their FlashStack converged infrastructure offerings to included the first Cisco Validated Designs featuring the two technologies.

The new Cisco Validated Designs, or CVDs in Cisco parlance, target virtual desktop infrastructure and Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) environments, said Satinder Sethi, vice president of data center and cloud solutions at Cisco, San Jose, Calif.

The new CVDs represent the latest in the Cisco and Pure Storage FlashStack converged infrastructure partnership, which was first unveiled in 2014.

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The first new CVD is the Cisco Validated Design for FlashStack with VMware Horizon that certifies specific FlashStack configurations for enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure deployments of up to 5,000 seats, Sethi told CRN.

The second is the Cisco Validated Design on FlashStack Data Center for Oracle 12c and RAC, which Sethi said were tested in four-node and eight-node versions.

Cisco also has seen FlashStack deployments with SAP HANA, and will eventually have a Cisco Validated Design for that solution, he said.

FlashStack is already generating interest from various customers, said Kevin Prahm, vice president of sales and operations at ACS, a Huntington Beach, Calif.-based solution provider and channel partner of both Cisco and Pure Storage.

"The unique aspect of FlashStack is that it unites a dominant company like Cisco and a strong storage innovator like Pure Storage and creates a solution that customers are looking for," Prahm told CRN.

The market is looking for Google-like performance, and Pure Storage offers it with FlashStack, Prahm said.

"Customers want something efficient, is simple to operate, and offers high performance," he said. "They see it in the FlashStack approach."

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