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Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, this year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational excellence and corporate social responsibility. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.

see also:- Cisco - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com

  • editor's comments:- Cisco began quietly using SSDs inside some of its fabric systems to boost their performance in around 2000 to my knowledge - and maybe even earlier.

    Cisco's Invicta (rackmount SSD) product line is based on the technology of the Invicta product line from WhipTail - which Cisco acquired in September 2013.

    You can get an idea of how Cisco is presenting this technology to its customers in this presentation which was published in April 2014.
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Smaller nuances of user behavior (which are easier to discern as patterns in a stable market) easily get lost under the noise created by headline technology changes and the market's apparent willingness to slaughter and discard once loved past industry leaders.
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We've all seen them. The anti-EMC powerpoints, videos and pdfs in which small rackmount SSD and hybrid appliance companies proudly compare their systems with the size, price and power consumption of some old relic from the EMC back catalog. The clear message is:- ours is better than EMC's when you look at the bullet points.
some random SSD thoughts about EMC and AFA startup competitors (January 28, 2015)
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In September 2014 - Cisco was said to have temporarily suspended shipments of its rackmount SSDs - while the company investigated scalability issues.
CRN reports Cisco Halts Shipments of UCS Invicta
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Cisco to acquire WhipTail
Editor:- September 10, 2013 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately owned WhipTail for approximately $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

"We are focused on providing a converged infrastructure including compute, network and high performance solid state that will help address our customers' requirements for next-generation computing environments," said Paul Perez, VP and GM, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

Editor's comments:- as we learned in June - WhipTail has designed an elegant and scalable software and hardware architecture to solve the ever changing SSD rackmount riddle game - which can compete in cost sensitive iSCSI environments or hold its head up among the fastest SSD installations while also offering resilient fault tolerance and upgradability.

WhipTail entered the Top 20 SSD companies list in Q4 2011 and has been in the Top 10 part of these lists in every quarter since Q2 2012.

See also:- exploring the new thinking in rackmount SSDs