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StrataCloud Teams With Arrow Electronics on FlexPod
StrataCloud, a software-defined infrastructure solutions provider, announces a collaboration with Arrow Electronics, a global provider of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, to incorporate StrataCloud's SDI Install into Arrow's FlexPod (a NetApp-Cisco solution) offering for resellers.

SDI Install, a software application that automates the configuration of converged infrastructure (CI) systems, will help Arrow's NetApp resellers simplify the configuration and installation of FlexPod systems for mid-market and enterprise customers. Arrow Electronics, which works with approximately 300 NetApp resellers, will offer SDI Install within its Flex with Arrow program for CI solutions and services. Arrow will also use SDI Install to speed the process of pre-configuring CI solutions for partners.

Converged infrastructure solutions combine the core data center components of servers, storage and networking to simplify IT infrastructure management and speed application deployment. In 2015, worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 8.3% over 2014, to $10.6 billion, according to IDC.

FlexPod is a leading CI system, yet because of its wide array of configuration options, it can require specialized IT skills for both architecture and hardware installation. StrataCloud SDI Install gives resellers a single interface for FlexPod design and deployment. A decision tree guides the architect through the design process and creates a blueprint for installation, which the software applies to the system automatically. The blueprint can be reused to launch unlimited future installations, providing a repeatable process and eliminating manual configuration. SDI Install has been shown to reduce FlexPod configuration time from more than 70 hours to 60 minutes.

"We want to make the process of deploying CI much more seamless and automated for resellers," says Tamara Ells, Senior Director of Commercial Sales NetApp at Arrow. "We know that VARs will appreciate saving ample time and resources on installing FlexPod, which in turn will help them serve more customers. StrataCloud SDI Install fits in with our overall approach of delivering best-of-breed technologies and repeatable best practices to our solution provider ecosystem."

"CI is a game changer for IT infrastructure management, but only if companies can incorporate the technology efficiently and optimally," says Brian Cohen, CEO of StrataCloud. "StrataCloud and Arrow Electronics are making FlexPod far more accessible to resellers and their enterprise customers, bringing faster ROI from software-defined infrastructure."

Published Friday, August 19, 2016 10:46 AM by David Marshall
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