Cisco has confirmed that it is closing its Invicta storage business.
The move to end development of Cisco's Invicta Appliance and its Scaling Systems products was previously reported Thursday by CRN, based on information from ex-Cisco employees.
A Cisco spokesperson on Friday morning confirmed the CRN report via email, noting the closure of the business and a continuing commitment to working with "market-leading flash storage solutions" from its storage vendor partners.
Cisco partners with nearly every major and second-tier storage vendor is developing converged infrastructure solutions, with Hewlett-Packard and Dell being the major exceptions.
The Cisco spokesperson told CRN via the email that Cisco works to develop solutions and services that exceed customers’ expectations, but will withdraw technologies from the market when necessary to focus on more critical technologies.
"Cisco is prioritizing the elements of our portfolio to drive the most value for our customers both now and in the future, and today, we are announcing the End of Life (EoL) for the Invicta Appliance and Scaling System products. We will continue to support existing customers who have deployed Invicta products in accordance with our Products and Services End of Life Policy, which includes ongoing technical assistance, software support and spare/replacement parts," the spokesperson wrote.
At the same time, Cisco emphasized the importance of its existing storage partnerships with its Cisco UCS server technology.
"UCS delivers on customers' compute and network needs, and we will continue to invest in building world-class data center solutions via UCS product innovations, and market-leading flash storage solutions from our Partner ecosystem," the spokesperson wrote.
That commitment is important given that Cisco and one of its primary storage partners, EMC, have seen their partnership enter rough waters.
For EMC, the fact that Cisco in 2013 acquired Whiptail, the forerunner of its Invicta storage technology, led to concerns that Cisco would compete with the VSPEX converged infrastructure and the VCE Vblock solutions jointly developed by the two.