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NetApp at Cisco Live : Another look into the future


Hybrid CloudIt’s no secret that Cisco has been investing a LOT of resources into cloud, and from those investments,  we’ve recently seen them release a corresponding amount of fascinating new technology that I think will change the IT landscape in some really big ways. For that reason, I think this year’s Cisco Live in Melbourne is going to have a lot of relevance to a  broad cross section of the IT community, from application developers, all the way down to storage guys like us.

For that reason, I’m really pleased to be presenting a Cisco partner case study along with Anuj Aggarwal who is the Technical account manager on the Cisco Alliance team for NetApp. Most of you wont have met Anuj, but if you’ve got the time, you should take the time to get to know him while he’s down here. Anuj  knows more about network security, and the joint work NetApp and Cisco  has been doing on hybrid cloud than anyone else I know, and this makes him a very interesting person to spend some time with, especially if you need to know more about the future of  networking and storage in an increasingly cloudy IT environment.

I’m excited by this year’s presentation, because it expands on, and in many ways completes a lot of the work Cisco and NetApp have been doing since NetApp’s first appearance at Cisco Live in Melbourne in 2010 as a platinum sponsor, where we presented to a select few on  SMT, or more formally Secure Multi-Tenancy.

SMT is something that the Australian tech community can feel justifiably proud of, because it distilled a lot of best practices that had been developed in Australia by NetApp in conjunction with our largest clients  and combined it with what were then, leading edge, best of breed technologies from Cisco and VMware and NetApp. Some of this required a chunk of engineering work, like integrating Cisco’s Nexus 1000v with VMware’s vShield zones, and aligning that with NetApps vFiler technology. That piece alone, was trickier than you might think, and required significant levels of co-operation across all three vendors. That work built the foundations for our unified support model which in turn was one of the underpinnings of Cisco and NetApp’s first FlexPod offering. And the rest, as they say is history.

Four years on, and FlexPod is now Australia’s, if not the world’s, favorite converged infrastructure solution for virtualized infrastructure, and is big part of the reason why Cisco UCS is the the defacto standard for converged infrastructures, and why NetApp sells more storage for public cloud than any other vendor. Of course, while it’s nice to be able to look back on our achievements since 2010, and the success our customers like ING have had with FlexPod, the world of IT does not stay still for long, and the debate of private vs. public cloud is rapidly giving way to a desire by CIOs for a new Hybrid cloud model. A world where there are many clouds, and where services are moved between those clouds on-demand, based on where those services can be delivered with the optimum combination of risk, cost and performance.

Of course that’s a lot more easily said than done, so this year’s presentation will outline the work NetApp and Cisco are both doing to make Hybrid clouds, easy, safe and cheap. We’ll be presenting on how NetApp’s Unbound Cloud approach to software defined infrastructure using advanced automation, and Clustered Data ONTAP’s storage virtual machines, solves the final pieces of the Hybrid Cloud puzzle: helping our customers reduce risk, costs, time, and ultimately conquer the data gravity problem. We will also show how this aligns to Cisco’s ACI and Intercloud technology initiatives, and why Cisco and NetApp’s FlexPod architecture will remain the worlds best physical foundation for the next generation of software defined infrastructure.

Those select few that came to that first presentation on Secure Multi-Tenancy in 2010, saw the future that would become FlexPod. Those of you who attend this years presentation, will see the future of something that is potentially far more disruptive, but if you really want to know what that is, you’ll need to register to attend Cisco Live, go to the session, and then come and talk to Anuj at our stand.

I promise you, it will be worth it.

  1. mhardi01
    March 6, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Good post, Richard! Hope you, Anuj and team, our Partners and customers all have a successful show. For readers interested in the FlexPod program in general, check out the FlexPodCommunity.com page and NetApp.com/FlexPod. Richard, don’t forget to tweet a picture from the event. :)

  2. mhardi01
    March 6, 2014 at 6:15 am

    (BTW, Don’t you go by John? Am I confusing two people??)

    • March 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      My family call me John, my Passport says Richard, and most NetAppians in ANZ call me Ricky … no wonder you’re confused :-)

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