LONDON, UK. -April 16, 2009-NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) and Cisco today announced that they are teaming up
to provide customers with unified, dynamic data centre solutions
that are based on Cisco's Unified Computing
System and NetApp® Unified Storage Architecture.
Cisco and NetApp are working together to certify the combined
solution, and the companies will also collaborate on customer
support and marketing activities.
The Cisco Unified Computing System unites
compute, network, storage access, and virtualisation resources in a
cohesive new data centre architecture. This allows customers to
reduce the complexities often associated with data centre
virtualisation, lower costs, and improve asset utilisation. Through
Cisco Validated Design, NetApp will provide flexible and
powerful storage solutions for the Cisco Unified Computing System
that will be tested for interoperability in virtualised data centre
environments. Customers benefit from the unified storage model
across the entire NetApp product portfolio, application integration
technologies such as the NetApp SnapManager® product suite,
and advanced storage efficiency features. As a result, customers
can take advantage of NetApp's unique advanced storage efficiency
capabilities to drive down raw storage requirements, lower costs,
improve utilisation in virtualised environments, and simplify
administrative tasks. Additionally, NetApp's leadership in Ethernet
storage technology complements the Cisco Unified Computing System,
which is based on a 10Gb per second Unified Fabric that supports
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
Cisco and NetApp will also collaborate on
joint marketing efforts, such as the multi-city "Virtualised
Dynamic Data Centre Roadshow" with VMware and other select solution
integration partners. NetApp will also participate in Cisco's Data
Centre of the Future program. Both of these programs will focus on
educating customers about NetApp and Cisco data centre
"As more and more customers move to a
virtualised infrastructure, they require the necessary storage,
compute, and network solutions needed to transition to a truly
dynamic data centre," said Nick Thurlow, Vice President, EMEA Sales
for NetApp. "Through our long-standing collaboration with Cisco, we
are enabling customers to tap deep into the power of their
virtualised environment through a unified and scalable platform for
a more efficient and streamlined experience."
"Customers, especially in today's current
economic environment, are always looking for ways to simplify,
reduce costs, and increase efficiencies in their data centres.
These attributes become increasingly important with the shift
toward the virtualised data centre," said Mario Mazzola, senior
vice president, Server Access and Virtualization business unit,
Cisco. "We are committed to working with NetApp to deliver to
customers the foundation for a truly virtualised and unified data
centre. With its Unified Storage Architecture, NetApp will
complement the Cisco Unified Computing System, helping many of our
customers realise all of the benefits of the dynamic data
In March, Cisco announced that NetApp is a
participant in Cisco's open ecosystem of partners for the Unified
Computing System, which is focused on stimulating innovation,
enhancing service delivery, and accelerating the market adoption of
Unified Computing. In addition, Cisco and NetApp have a long
history of collaboration and many common customers that have
deployed Cisco and NetApp technologies and solutions in their data
centres. NetApp supports and resells the Cisco Nexus 5000 and MDS
data centre switching products, and in 2008, Cisco and NetApp
announced support for the industry's first native FCoE
The two companies have also worked together
on an Ethernet Unification Centre of Excellence, located at
NetApp's campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which
was announced in February. The centre features Ethernet-based
protocols running on a Cisco 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone.
Learn more about NetApp's collaboration with
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