Cisco Quietly Resumes Shipping UCS Invicta All-Flash Array That Spent Six Months On Hold

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Cisco Systems is once again shipping its UCS Invicta Scaling System, a product it pulled from the market more than six months ago after some customers couldn't get it to work properly.

Cisco resumed shipments of the UCS Invicta Scaling System "earlier this month," a spokesperson for the San Jose, Calif.-based vendor told CRN Thursday.

This was news to the half-dozen Cisco partners CRN spoke with this week, who said Cisco hasn't given them any indication that the UCS Invicta Scaling System is back on the market.

[Related: Cisco Halts Shipments Of UCS Invicta Storage Appliance Due To Scalability Issues]

UCS Invicta Scaling System, an all-flash array Cisco pitches as a performance booster for UCS servers and apps running on them, uses technology from its $415 million acquisition of storage vendor Whiptail in 2013. Cisco began selling it early last year along with a stand-alone UCS Invicta appliance for small and midsize customers.

Cisco halted shipments of both UCS Invicta products last August after some customers reported having scaling issues and began returning them. While Cisco resumed shipping the appliance in October, it repeatedly delayed its time frame for getting the UCS Invicta Scaling System back on the market, raising questions about the product's viability.

The fact that the UCS Invicta Scaling System spent more than six months on hold, without Cisco explaining what was wrong, will likely make it a tough sell for the time being, three Cisco partners told CRN.

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