Cisco Storage: How To Dominate The Market Without Selling A Single Disk

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Cisco And NetApp, Part 1

While VCE gave the impression that Cisco and EMC had welded their storage strategies, Cisco shattered that illusion in early 2010 by signing a strategic relationship with EMC archrival NetApp.

That new relationship resulted in the November 2009 unveiling of the FlexPod reference architecture under which NetApp and Cisco provided the plans for building converged infrastructure solutions for a variety of applications.

Since then, shipments of solutions through the channel based on FlexPod have exceeded VCE Vblock shipments, although it must be noted that a Vblock sale results in higher revenue than a FlexPod sale.


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