Back Pocket Buddies: NetApp
NetApp, as the third-largest independent storage vendor, plays in the converged infrastructure market in a couple of ways.
Because of its new Cisco UCS partner status, NetApp is viewed by many as Cisco’s way of keeping its primary storage partner EMC honest. It is also a way for Cisco to say that its converged infrastructure strategy is open to multiple storage partners despite that EMC relationship.
NetApp is also a top storage partner of IBM via an OEM agreement between the two under which IBM can resell almost all of NetApp’s product line.