NetApp, Cisco Update FlexPod UCS Systems for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-11 Print this article Print

FlexPod, which uses NetApp storage arrays to go with Cisco servers and networking, is designed for heavy-duty cloud computing workloads involving hundreds of servers. The system has been slimmed down for smaller workloads.

Cisco Systems and one of its key storage partners, NetApp, said April 11 they are upgrading the FlexPod data center system--a partnership project of the two neighboring companies based on Cisco's Unified Computing System--to work more efficiently inside smaller data centers.

FlexPod, which uses NetApp storage arrays to go with Cisco servers and networking, is designed for heavy-duty cloud computing workloads involving hundreds of servers. It is basically to a head-on competitor to EMC's Vblock unified server-storage-networking system, which also uses Cisco servers and networking.

All FlexPod storage arrays are NAND flash and HHD hybrid machines built and maintained by NetApp.

New Configurations for Smaller Workloads

The upgrade consists of a series of new prevalidated design architectures priced and sized for smaller workloads. San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco and NetApp have also completed validation of several new data management solutions from leading software management vendors that fit directly into FlexPod design architectures.

FlexPod packages now available include products from CA Technologies, Cloupia and Gale Technologies.

The entry-level FlexPod now combines NetApp's entry-level FAS2240 and the Cisco UCS C-Series Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches, Cisco Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects. None of these were used in the original 2010 FlexPod implementation.

FlexPod is made available worldwide through about 500 NetApp FlexPod channel integrators and value-added resellers.

Currently, about 850 enterprises use FlexPod for their data center infrastructure, which amounts to about 400 percent growth in customer adoption in a bit more than a year, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApp said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel