NetApp, Cisco Enhance FlexPod With Networking And Management Capabilities

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With the enhancement, UCS Director 4.1 also now manages NetApp's Clustered Data Ontap, NetApp's Fore said.

Finally, Citrix has been added to the FlexPod Cooperative Program, Fore said.

Under that program, when a customer calls for support from any vendor in the program, the support rep has the ability to escalate support calls to any of the other vendors, giving customers the ability to get help without multiple vendors pointing the finger at each other, Fore said.

Adding Citrix to the FlexPod Cooperative Program was an important move, he said. "Citrix XenDesktop is a validated virtual desktop infrastructure environment on FlexPod," he said. "FlexPod customers also use XenServer and CloudStack."

Cisco and NetApp also said Thursday that UCS servers built on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, as well as VMware's vSphere 5.5, are also now available for configuration into FlexPod solutions.

Each of these enhancements is not major in themselves, but they show the continuing cadence of advancements the two vendors are implementing over time, IAS's Woodall said.

"My sense is, the relationship between Cisco and NetApp will get stronger and more coordinated going forward than the relationship between Cisco and EMC," he said. "NetApp is a better friend for Cisco and offers a better road map and cloud strategy. But maybe I'm biased because I'm more close to Cisco and NetApp than I am to EMC."


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