CRN Exclusive: NetApp's Lipsin On Hyper-Converged Plans And Navigating The Cisco Relationship

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NetApp Plans Key Channel Role In Its Coming Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Rollout

NetApp, the storage industry's largest independent vendor, surprised the IT industry recently with plans to introduce its first real foray into the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market using its SolidFire all-flash storage array as a base.

Given that the solution is still a few months away from formal introduction, NetApp has been stingy with details. SolidFire founder David Wright early this month discussed some of the technology related to the coming offering, but was unable to say much about the channel implications.

That task has fallen on Bill Lipsin, NetApp's vice president of worldwide channels, who shared some of his company's plans to make channel partners a critical part of its hyper-converged infrastructure technology roll-out.

For an in-depth look at some of the technology behind NetApp's HCI plans, see CRN's detailed conversation with Wright. For a look at how NetApp will tie HCI with converged infrastructure, or CI, turn the page.

CRN's Steve Burke and Jennifer Follett contributed to this story.

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