October 15th, 2012 by Mark Kidd
Cisco and NetApp Introduce ExpressPod and New FlexPod Enhancements
Cisco and NetApp's new prepackaged ExpressPod solution is intended for resellers with small-to medium-sized virtualization customers. ExpressPod combines computing, networking, storage, and management products into a solution architected for streamlined deployment. The joint announcement also includes details about new FlexPod storage clustering capabilities and the release of a validated VMware FlexPod solution for Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC).
ExpressPod integrates Cisco UCS C-Series servers, NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 storage, and Cisco Nexus 3048 switches with infrastructure management to support an open ecosystem of management and hypervisor solutions.
FlexPod now features support and validation for VMware vSphere on NetApp Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode. FlexPod administrators can now also add nodes to a cluster in order to create large storage pools that span storage devices and can be isolated to support multi-tenancy. The new VMware-validated Oracle RAC on FlexPod solution offers multi-tenancy, application and data mobility, integrated data protection, and automated provisioning functionality.
Cisco and NetApp currently offer a Plan, Design and Implement Help Desk that allows partners to consult NetApp and Cisco on FlexPod deployments. Beginning in November, Cisco and NetApp will also offer readiness and enablement packages to support ExpressPod deployments.
UPDATE 4/10/13 - More News on FlexPod Posted
ExpressPod will be available in November.