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FlexPod XCS embraces the next wave of Cisco UCS innovation

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Bruno Messina
Bruno Messina

Modern workloads drive infrastructure transformation through digitization in new and emerging parts of businesses. Here are a few of the challenges that these applications present for IT today:

  • Traditional enterprises and modern workloads are increasingly dynamic, driving clients to modernize their IT infrastructure.
  • IT must also leverage evolving cloud technologies, but the path to success can be challenging.
  • IT infrastructure needs to adapt and deliver performance and efficiency to meet the needs of modern workloads.

IT organizations are under constant pressure to modernize their infrastructure, but also to minimize complexity and cost with systems that are simple to manage and easy to optimize.

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Cisco and NetApp are once again meeting these challenges as they bring a new wave of NetApp®, Cisco, and Intel innovation to the proven hybrid cloud capabilities of FlexPod® XCS. This innovation brings new capacity and performance to FlexPod XCS clients, including the ability to:

  • Process many pieces of data simultaneously with GPUs, which are ideal for modern workloads like artificial intelligence, machine learning, video editing, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) at scale.
  • Connect UCS compute nodes to new Intel Flex Series GPUs, delivering greater flexibility for GPU technology.
  • Improve efficiency for customers to use a single UCS X-Series system for blade and rack workloads.
  • Simplify operations, resulting in improved efficiency and productivity.
  • Anticipate issues through proactive observability, enabling faster time to business value and anticipation of emerging trends.
  • Bring it all together in one place through multidomain and multicloud FlexPod XCS solutions.

FlexPod customer benefits include:

  • Enhanced performance and efficiency for modern applications delivered by seventh-generation Cisco UCS servers managed by Cisco Intersight cloud operations platform.
  • Cisco UCS X-Series now incorporates Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series with UCS X-Fabric technology, bringing new accelerated computing resources for modern AI and ML and VDI applications. The Cisco X-Series is a flexible and sustainable server, built on technology from Intel innovation.

Through the FlexPod XCS suite of capabilities, Cisco and NetApp add end-to-end testing, one-call support, unrivaled cloud connection, tested enterprise and modern applications, and 10 years of end-user success to these innovations. FlexPod customers gain faster productivity, improved innovation, lower costs, and a more reliable platform.

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FlexPod, FlexPod XCS, and BlueXP are first once again, and they're only getting better! To learn more about FlexPod and FlexPod XCS, check out these resources.

Bruno Messina

Bruno Messina joined NetApp in 2018 and works in product marketing for FlexPod. His previous experience includes a career in product marketing of UCS servers for Cisco Systems and Solaris server marketing and competitive analysis at both Oracle and Sun Microsystems, where he joined in 2000. Bruno spent ten years in various roles of competitive analysis and product management at Sun Microsystems, leading analysis in both the workgroup and enterprise servers. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Bruno spent time finishing his MBA education and worked for two years at Cadence working on product marketing for both board-level and board timing tools. Bruno holds both a BSEE and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y..

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