Some may see the latest FlexPod from Netapp as another arrow in their quiver and the next generation of a solution that supports Microsoft System Center 2012. It is, but I see something way more interesting. It is difficult in any partnership to get two teams to work collaboratively, share a common vision and strategy, and successfully execute together. NetApp's latest announcement includes the collaboration and cooperation of FOUR vendors - FOUR! This is not an easy feat.
NetApp, Citrix, Cisco, and Microsoft
IT organizations are ultimately always left to do the integration, testing, validations, and, truthfully, guesswork. When vendors work together it can exponentially simplify IT's job.
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