Cisco and NetApp upgrade their converged-infrastructure for hybrid cloud

New Cisco and NetApp FlexPod XCS features better management and automation capabilities.


Cisco and NetApp have upgraded their converged-infrastructure platform, FlexPod, to handle hybrid-cloud services.

FlexPod--which Cisco and NetApp have been building since 2010 and has some 10,000 customers the vendors say--includes integrated Cisco UCS servers and networking gear and NetApp ONTAP storage components sold as an on-premises or edge converged-infrastructure package.

Customers are now in the midst of a major shift to modernize and unify their infrastructure and operations, Siva Sivakumar senior director for Computing System Platforms Group at Cisco said in a blog about the enhancements. “Customers are evaluating every tool available to augment their in-house resources and skillsets including automation, observability, and a variety of hybrid-cloud and SaaS services," he wrote. "The goal is simple: Use whatever is available to supercharge IT productivity and agility to drive better operational results while lowering operational costs.”

That’s where the latest evolution of the FlexPod package--FlexPod XCS--is going.  FlexPod XCS is optimized for hybrid cloud and includes improved management and automation to support cloud-native apps.

The key to the new FlexPod XCS is tighter integration with Cisco’s core Intersight cloud operations management platform that offers visualization, optimization, and orchestration for applications and infrastructure.

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