The expansion is expected to unify their branch office, data center and public cloud infrastructures under the FlexPod architecture.
“We’re now expanding our partnership to deliver deeper technology integration and broader solution development across the unified data center for an open, scalable, multicloud infrastructure,” said Padmasree Warrior, Cisco chief technology and strategy officer.
She added that the companies have partnered for the past 10 years in delivering Cisco validated, FlexPod architecture to customers.
Cisco and NetApp will expand efforts in go-to-market collaboration in an attempt to enable customers to deploy and access next-generation cloud infrastructure solutions more easily.
“NetApp and Cisco share a common vision for the future of the data center and will continue to collaborate on innovations that connect
organizations under a holistic cloud architecture, said Manish Goel, executive vice president of NetApp’s product operations.
“Our development, sales, and channel teams will work even closer to deliver new solutions that broaden the market opportunities for both companies and our partners, and help customers gain a competitive advantage from their flexible and efficient agile data center infrastructure,” he added.
With more than 2,100 FlexPod customers across more than 35 countries and 700 channel partners, the expansion includes:
· deeper FlexPod architecture integration
· a branch office solution
· FlexPod application validation
The partner companies shared a vision of a unified data center that will connect enterprise clouds to service providers, enterprises to branch offices, consumers to enterprises and clouds to clouds.