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Quick Take: Cisco Acquires Whiptail: A Flashy Entrance Into The Storage Landscape

Flash Array Technology Opens Up Database, HPC, And Virtualization Opportunities For Cisco

September 12, 2013

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On September 10, 2013, Cisco Systems announced the acquisition of flash array startup Whiptail for $415 million in cash. With this important deal, Cisco enters the storage market. In the near term, Whiptail's flash arrays will serve as the high-performance storage complement to Cisco's converged infrastructure offering, Unified Computing System (UCS), eliminating storage bottlenecks in virtualization, database, and analytics workloads. In the future, expect Cisco to combine Whiptail's flash array technology with UCS, blending the built-in automation and high-performance fabrics of UCS with Whiptail's scale-out flash array architecture, creating a high-performance server and storage platform. This report helps IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand how Cisco benefits from this acquisition and what it means to the storage landscape and your own enterprise flash array storage strategies.

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