Tympani Achieves FlexPod® Premium Partner Standing

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Cisco and NetApp recognize Tympani, one of only 12 FlexPod Premium Partners in North America, for its ability to deliver solutions based on the FlexPod design architecture.

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To be named one of only 12 FlexPod Premium Partners in North America demonstrates Tympani’s unique expertise and knowledge to design, implement and maintain advanced data solutions.

Tympani, an industry recognized IT consulting and engineering firm, announced today that it has been designated a FlexPod® Premium Partner by Cisco and NetApp® to provide solutions and services supporting the FlexPod data center solution. As a FlexPod Premium Partner, Tympani is recognized for its advanced competencies in supporting customers as a trusted adviser in deploying FlexPod solutions.

FlexPod is a pre-tested and validated solution that combines networking, computing and storage in a shared infrastructure and supports multiple applications and workloads to help customers transform their Data Center from legacy siloed based systems into a full private cloud architecture.

As a channel partner of Cisco and NetApp, Tympani will be able to assist customers with implementing and configuring virtualized data center solutions based on the validated FlexPod shared infrastructure, as well as help customers develop and adhere to best practices for building and managing best-in-class solutions from Cisco and NetApp.

“We are extremely proud of our engineering team for this outstanding achievement,” states Ed Kapelinski, President of Tympani. “To be named one of only 12 FlexPod Premium Partners in North America demonstrates Tympani’s unique expertise and knowledge to design, implement and maintain advanced data solutions and also reinforces our commitment to ensure our customers are confident in their IT decisions.”


Cisco and NetApp® FlexPod is a validated shared infrastructure that features the Cisco UCS® server, Cisco network switches, and NetApp unified storage systems running on Data ONTAP® software. The design architecture has been jointly tested and validated as a Cisco Validated Design, so Tympani can quickly assess customer needs and deploy integrated solutions from Cisco and NetApp that meet the stringent requirements of their dynamic data centers.

FlexPod benefits include:

  • Reduced Time to Deployment – The planning, procurement, deployment, and testing phases can be diminished while the sizing and design phases are completely eliminated resulting in a 50% reduction in overall time to deliver the solution.
  • Reduced Risk – Compatibility is ensured due to pre-testing, thus mitigating the risks associated with disparate system interoperability. Applications like Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint, ORACLE RAC, SAP, VMWare View, etc. can be deployed for optimal performance.
  • Reduced OpEx Cost – By standardizing on an efficient infrastructure which can provide deployment automation to reduce time-consuming, repetitive tasks optimizes existing staff and eliminates need for experts to tie disparate pieces of technology together and support multiple hardware types.
  • Cooperative Manufacture Support – When the individual components are integrated and deployed according to the FlexPod Reference Architecture standards, all four manufacturers work together. One phone call, one support ticket, with no finger pointing.


Tympani, an industry recognized IT consulting and engineering firm headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, provides advanced technology solutions in the areas of IT Infrastructure and Communications. Marquee Mid-Market and Enterprise clients leverage the business experience of Tympani consultants and the technical competencies of expert level engineers to help confidently assess strategic value. The end goal is to align delivery of the highest quality, least cost systems with internal client business needs and objectives.

Tympani minimizes the risk inherent in advanced technology investments by committing to process oriented execution which results in positive predictable outcomes, the ability of clients to have a say in selection of their Tympani engineering team and a strong set of values to deliver on promises – ultimately giving Tympani customers confidence in their IT decisions.

Tympani is recognized by major OEMs for their expertise and consistent execution around best practices.

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