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After Invicta Closes, What's Next For Cisco Storage?

Cisco has a lot of options for how to be a part of the storage industry after closing its Invicta storage business, including acquisitions, partnering and R&D, but must be careful not to rattle its relationships with its existing storage vendor partners.

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To Be, Or Not To Be, A Storage Vendor

Cisco last week finally admitted what had been suspected for some time: Its venture into the storage business, Invicta, is closing.

That business, formed from Cisco's late-2013 acquisition of all-flash storage vendor Whiptail for $415 million, never really took hold. Cisco, mindful of its key relationships with most of the top storage vendors, including EMC and NetApp, maintained that the Whiptail technology would not be sold as a standalone storage solution but instead would be used as a storage acceleration technology for its Cisco UCS server line.

However, that technology, which Cisco renamed with the Invicta moniker, was prepped to be offered as standalone storage, but it was never widely available, due in large part to what Cisco characterized as "quality issues in deployments."

So what can Cisco do now to reassert itself as a player in the storage business, and eventually in the hyper-converged market? Or does it really need to do anything now?

Turn the page to look at why storage is important to Cisco and at some of the alternatives that Cisco faces.

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