NetApp and Cisco this week debuted an addition to their jointly developed FlexPod line of converged infrastructure systems specifically targeting big data workloads. The move is the first by the two companies to push FlexPod into the hot area of data-intensive applications.
The new FlexPod Select combine's NetApp's E-series and FAS storage lines with Cisco's UCS servers and its Nexus and Catalyst switches and management software. The system comes with either the Hortonworks or Cloudera distribution of the Hadoop big data software.
Channel partners said the new product would help them get into the business of offering customers big data as a service to their customers.