It’s incredible to think that Cisco and Pure Storage® originally announced FlashStack™ back in December 2014 — which means we’ve been in partnership more than five years now! (I found the original FlashStack announcement from December 11, 2014.)
So I thought that with the current remote working climate — and the first-ever ‘virtual’ Cisco Live! is but one example — why not reflect on the recent highlights we’ve achieved with FlashStack.
As the name suggests, the focus for FlashStack was really all about bringing flash to the data center and up the stack to benefit the wide variety of applications in use by businesses.
We launched with internal reference architectures covering key use cases around server and desktop virtualization, both of which continue to help customers consolidate their workloads, simplify their infrastructure lifecycle management, and enhance the end-user technology experience in the <remote> workplace. (You gotta love the impact of low latency!)
FlashStack’s key benefit is really around the product architecture that makes up the solution, bringing stateless technologies together. (Think UCS and Pure Storage® FlashArray™/ FlashBlade). This architecture is what provides game-changing benefits, including:
In this time, we’ve released more than 24 CVDs covering a lot of the use cases mentioned. These also include the introduction of new technologies like NVMe, increased bandwidths for Ethernet (100GbE) and Fibre Channel (32Gb), High Availability with ActiveCluster, and data pipelines with FlashStack for AI (leveraging GPU technologies from NVIDIA). Here’s the library of Cisco/FlashStack reference documents
We’ve also released programs to help you quickly adapt to the changing business conditions in our current climate. With the VDI Quick Ship bundles, you can grow your VDI environment quickly and simply. (Read more about VDI bundles.)
One of the highlights of this year was bringing our Cisco Intersight integration to GA. The move to cloud-based management products to support infrastructure offers customers a cloud-like experience when it comes to simplifying infrastructure management. This can be achieved by removing the need to maintain on-premises management tools/integrations and consolidating disparate licensing for multiple infrastructure products.
The results: The challenge of validating/updating device firmware with vendor HCLs for compliance has been drastically simplified! Plus, we, automated common admin tasks via the use of workflows. And we increased visibility of the infrastructure device inventory across multiple technologies and geographical locations. (Yes, I’m excited! I blogged about it!)
So to wrap up… FlashStack is a mature solution that provides the disaggregated flexibility you need in your infrastructure. It offers you the ability to scale in line with your business non-disruptively, while allowing you to innovate and introduce new technologies without the need to re-architect.
The big benefit is FlashStack helps you focus on the initiatives that are most important to your business. The bottom line is this. With FlashStack, you know you have the infrastructure that will adapt and grow to new challenges/business requirements without compromise.
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