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FlexPod: Celebrating a Decade of Innovation and Success

In 2010, Instagram launched, the TV series Lost ended on a baffling note, and The Jersey Shore began. Ke$ha’s song Tik Tok was top of the charts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end of an era for aspiring young magicians, and Lady Gaga wore her meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards. Angry Birds was our favorite app – by October it had been downloaded 42 million times, often to first-generation iPads, which Apple released that year. While some of these inventions have come and gone, the mark of a true innovator is reflected in its staying power. Like FlexPod, which was also released in 2010.

Celebrating FlexPod, the #1 Most Trusted Converged Infrastructure

FlexPod was born from an idea for combining the best-of-breed products from Cisco and NetApp to address specific applications and workloads in a converged infrastructure solution. Jump ahead a decade, and FlexPod has evolved to serve over 9,500 cumulative customers and posted $12 billion in worldwide sales. In 2020, FlexPod celebrates its tenth birthday— and people at both Cisco and NetApp are celebrating.

In her blog 2020: Kicking off 10 Years of FlexPod Success, Elorie Widmer of Cisco reminisces about how FlexPod was one of the very first solutions that she was tasked to grow when she entered into the world of Solutions Marketing. From NetApp, Bruno Messina celebrates FlexPod’s decade of achievements in his blog, FlexPod Adapts and Thrives in a Decade of Constant Change.

A Decade of Commitment

Over the past ten years, Cisco and NetApp have maintained a steadfast commitment to FlexPod. Both companies continuously prove this commitment by conducting extensive testing and validation of real applications on FlexPod compute (Cisco UCS Servers), network (Cisco Nexus switches), and storage (NetApp® storage arrays). Once testing finishes, end-to-end guidance is provided in CVDs (Cisco Validated Designs) and NetApp Verified Architectures (NVAs).

This commitment extends to FlexPod customers. A decade of excellence has earned FlexPod the ranking of #1 most trusted converged infrastructure stack by IT Central Station with a 4.3 out of 5-star customer rating. Customer reviews rave:

  • “Highly scalable solution that has been very stable.”
  • “A reliable, versatile solution that offers great value and proven performance.”
  • “Enables us to have shorter maintenance windows, instant backups, and instant recovery, which also minimizes the number of alerts.”
  • “Easy to set up and maintain, increased our uptime, and improved application performance.”

A decade in, and we’re celebrating the same innovation and success we have been since day one, with even more on the horizon. Far more appetizing than Gaga’s meat dress, with FlexPod, you can have your converged infrastructure cake and eat it too! To learn more about the FlexPod advantage, visit flexpodstaging.wpengine.com/solutions.

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