Cisco and NetApp have upgraded their converged-infrastructure platform, FlexPod, to handle hybrid-cloud services.\nFlexPod--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.\n\nCustomers 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. \u201cCustomers 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.\u201d\nThat\u2019s where the latest evolution of the FlexPod package--FlexPod XCS--is going. \u00a0FlexPod XCS is optimized for hybrid cloud and includes improved management and automation to support cloud-native apps.\nThe key to the new FlexPod XCS is tighter integration with Cisco\u2019s core Intersight cloud operations management platform that offers visualization, optimization, and orchestration for applications and infrastructure.\nCustomers can now see and manage all FlexPod components through a single view on the Intersight dashboard. The idea is businesses can now see and respond to changes more quickly, according to Sivakumar. \u00a0\nIn addition, with tighter Intersight support, businesses can have FlexPod-specific views that provide operational status of your existing and new FlexPods, including inventory, health status, alerts, and lifecycle advisories, according to Cisco.\nOn the automation enhancements, customers can use Intersight Cloud Orchestrator and NetApp automated scripts to enable configuration, deployment, expansion, and infrastructure consumption and optimization without IT intervention.\nFlexPods users can also tie Cisco Intersight and NetApp ONTAP storage and data services closer together to manage data storage more effectively in the cloud, NetApp stated.\nThe companies have added a FlexPod as a Service options so that customers can buy and consume the package as needed.\u00a0\nFlexPod XCS is expected to be generally available by mid-2022.