To help more companies accelerate their transition to the cloud, Cisco Systems and NetApp say they will extend FlexPod—a converged infrastructure platform that the vendors introduced in 2010—with a series of new design architectures designed to support smaller workloads.

The FlexPod series is built on a scalable, shared infrastructure that combines computing, networking and storage products from the companies, according to the two vendors.

The new entry-level FlexPod offering, which is aimed at business application workloads with 500 to 1,000 users, allows organizations to invest only in the infrastructure they need and provides rapid scaling to meet growing demand as business needs change.

The latest FlexPod offering combines the NetApp entry level FAS 2240 and the Cisco UCS C-Series Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches, Cisco Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender, and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects.

Similar to other FlexPod offerings from the companies, the latest entry supports multiple hypervisors and business applications to help accelerate the deployment of private clouds.

"As customers balance their need to scale for their future growth with simplified solutions that can be rapidly deployed, Cisco is continuing to work with partners like NetApp to deliver cost-effective pre-tested cloud infrastructure solutions to address these needs,” Satinder Sethi, vice president of data center solutions, Data Center Group at Cisco, said in a statement.

 

 

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