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Groundbreaking Cisco UCS X-Series and FlexPod: A winning team for your hybrid cloud

Kris Cornwall
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Today, Cisco introduces its next forward-looking advancements in compute, the Cisco UCS X-Series Modular System. Cisco hit a homerun in the data center World Series with its first-generation UCS servers. In its first compute chassis, Cisco pioneered stateless management and a unified fabric. Shortly after, Cisco and NetApp together introduced the best-in-class FlexPod® converged infrastructure to extend Cisco UCS with industry-leading storage and to offer a complete data center and edge solution. NetApp and Cisco celebrate their 10 year FlexPod partnership.

With the new Cisco UCS X-Series Modular System powered by Cisco Intersight and with Cisco UCS X210c Compute Nodes, Cisco has scored another win in a data center World Series baseball game. The UCS X-Series Modular System enables you to:

  • Respond at scale with cloud-operated infrastructure.
  • Adapt quickly with a system that’s designed for modern applications.
  • Feel safe investing in a system that’s designed for the future of compute and networking.

FlexPod extends UCS X-Series for an optimal hybrid cloud solution

The FlexPod system embraces and extends the UCS X-Series as the optimal overall solution for your enterprise and modern workloads. FlexPod builds on X-Series with a foundation of joint success by:
  • Adding to the existing 200 reference architectures, including nearly all data center versions, enterprise and modern workloads.
  • Embracing new technology as it emerges, without the need for a forklift upgrade.
  • Providing an extensive network of partners with deep expertise in using FlexPod as a cloud-connected data center solution.
You can rest assured that the joint Cisco and NetApp FlexPod alignment brings the same testing rigor, expertise, and innovation to the new Cisco UCS X-Series.

NetApp also improves and builds on the Cisco UCS X-Series Modular System advantages with some of its own unique innovation:
  • Delivers hybrid cloud connectivity with a data fabric that’s powered by industry-leading NetApp® ONTAP® software in the FlexPod system.
  • Manage ONTAP with the Cisco Intersight cloud operations platform.   In addition, the NetApp Cloud Manager provides a centralized control plane to manage, monitor and automate data in hybrid cloud environments with FlexPod.
  • You can quickly expand your FlexPod hybrid cloud within all three hyperscalers:
  • Take less than 5 minutes to build a hybrid cloud from a FlexPod infrastructure.
  • Spend 2 minutes to set up cloud backup for your on-premises data.
  • Automatically tier cold data to public clouds.

How FlexPod brings the team together to win

In any sport, you need individual players and their soaring accomplishments. But a comprehensive team approach, coaching staff, and analytics are what keep a team on top. FlexPod brings these advantages to the new Cisco UCS X-Series Modular System, Cisco Nexus and MDS switches, and the Cisco Intersight operations platform.

A sports team also needs a long-term strategy and short-term tactics to stay ahead of the competition. In the same way, a data center needs a strategy and tactics, proven ability, proven players, and a comprehensive and cohesive team.

And if you want a superior compute infrastructure and overall solution, take a look at the UCS X-Series Modular System in a FlexPod solution. It’s like hitting a grand slam in a World Series baseball game.

Beat the competition in the the hybrid cloud game

Turn individual product greatness into a team sport. Use the groundbreaking Cisco UCS X-Series Modular System with the FlexPod system. FlexPod brings the solutions, the expertise, the channel, the best-in-class technologies, and a simple, superfast connection for your hybrid cloud. Turn the best compute platform into a complete, hybrid, cloud-connected solution.

To learn more, visit: www.netapp.com/flexpod www.cisco.com/go/flexpod www.flexpod.com www.cisco.com/go/ucs

Kris Cornwall

Kristine Cornwall is responsible for marketing strategy and execution for the company’s cloud-connected flash storage portfolio. While she’s spent most of her 25 year Silicon Valley in product marketing, she has held additional leadership roles driving channel product marketing, sales enablement, and marketing programs. Kris is energized by the pace of the industry and passionate about the craft of translating technical features into benefits that address customer needs. Outside of NetApp, Kris is a pro bono consultant with the Taproot Foundation and an adjunct professor of Management Communications for the Wharton Executive MBA Program. Kris holds a BA in French from the University of Washington and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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