The two companies first partnered on the FlexPod portfolio seven years ago, combining Cisco Unified Computing System integrated infrastructure and NetApp storage components. To date these products have earned more than $8 billion in combined revenue.
“This is the first fully Cisco converged infrastructure platform,” said John Rollason, senior director of product marketing at NetApp. “The way we’re bringing that to market is a new NetApp [storage] node.”
All three components — storage, compute, and network — can be scaled up or down “on demand, within minutes,” Rollason said.
Earlier this month the company moved into the cloud and hyperconverged market with its first enterprise-scale HCI platform.“It delivers cloud-like infrastructure (consumption of compute, storage, and networking resources) in an agile, scalable, easy-to-manage four-node building block,” Rollason wrote in a blog post on June 5.
The new SolidFire-based system is designed for service providers and enterprise customers building next-generation data centers using a hybrid cloud model. This allows companies to keep some applications on-premise with others living in public clouds.
“This is the idea that customers, for their own data center, want to build their own architecture that mirrors what the cloud providers have,” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “SolidFire is the backbone of the next-generation data center.”
The FlexPod SF systems will be available by the end of the month.