Keeping pace with the rapid rate of change in integrated computing platforms (ICPs), NetApp and Cisco aren't wasting any time aligning innovation with the demands of its 2,400 customers. The days of do-it-yourself (DIY) builds are waning as more and more ICP vendors aim to make IT infrastructure easier to procure, manage, and maintain. Full details of this shift are described in ESG's Market Landscape Report: Integrated Computing Platforms.
To accommodate the needs of a growing market, NetApp and Cisco are developing solutions for companies of various size and targeting new workloads, all while continuing to sweeten their ingredients. Knowing that one size fits all is not going to work inside IT organizations, NetApp and Cisco offer:
- FlexPod Datacenter. Availble for multiple use case in the enterprise IT data center and a service provider running a shared virtualized environment.
- FlexPod Express. FlexPod Express, which is designed to help IT clean house and aggregate workloads onto a single platform, targets down market.
- FlexPod Select. FlexPod Select is geared towards specialized environments in the enterprise data center.
Since many ICPs are deployed for net new workloads and use cases, it's important NetApp and Cisco are mindful of the needs of potential customers and stay abreast of competitive offerings. The more value these two companies can demonstrate together, the quicker they can help accelerate the adoption of ICPs. By offering different sized systems and a variety of designs targeted at specific IT environments, NetApp and Cisco better enable their go to market partners to hold conversations with customers and align FlexPod solutions with individual needs.