Congratulations Cisco and NetApp on your incredible success with FlexPod. Going from zero to $3 billion in four years is an amazing achievement. It shows what can happen when partners come together to meet the changing, dynamic demands of customers. Citrix is proud to be part of your success. For over ten years we have been successfully partnering together to help customers accelerate their journey to desktop and app virtualization and the cloud. Together, we have worked very closely to finely tune Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix CloudPlatform for FlexPod. As a result, we have a wide array of joint customers from across the globe and in just about every industry. Here’s a snapshot of a few:

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

With 14 offices in the western U.S. and Washington, DC, this Denver based law firm increased productivity by more than 40,000 hours per year by powering virtual workspaces that allow attorneys to work anytime, anywhere. By virtualizing desktops and servers on a FlexPod Datacenter solution with Citrix XenDesktop and NetApp Flash Pool intelligent caching, the IT team provides high-performing systems and high availability for critical e-mail and document management apps, while avoiding a $200,000 purchase of dedicated SAN for VDI.


Running the biggest public datacenter in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Kommunale Informationsverarbeitung Baden-Franken (KIVBF), is a complete solutions provider for over 550 towns, municipalities, districts, and locally based businesses. KIVBF put in place the first pan-European community cloud to automate and deliver business processes including financial management, human resources, utilities, healthcare and more. Cisco, NetApp and Citrix are integral to the high-performance IT infrastructure that delivers business automation for citizen services, which reduced costs to taxpayers by about $10 million Euros over 5 years.

University of São Paulo

The University of São Paulo (USP) is the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution, with 100,000 students, 6,000 professors and 17,000 employees. In spite of its status as a leading global university, USP suffered from a dispersed and substandard IT infrastructure. One hundred and fifty mini-datacenters were located in 11 campuses across nine cities, with limited local technical and managerial support. By streamlining the datacenters with Cisco, NetApp and Citrix solutions, all data is now centralized and backed up in cloud datacenters rather than distributed across hundreds of hard drives. Researchers no longer worry about losing valuable research data, and with virtualized desktops available on-demand, administrators, faculty and students can now continue to work without interruption regardless of conditions on campus.

In addition, Citrix recently joined Cisco and NetApp in the FlexPod Cooperative Support Model. By bringing Citrix into the fold customers get a highly coordinated and cooperative approach to their support needs for FlexPod customers running Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenServer and Citrix CloudPlatform. This truly enhances our relationship and the customer experience.

Again, congratulations Cisco and NetApp. You earned it. And, we are happy to be a part of your success. Here’s to the next $3 billion!