Advanced Systems Group Earns Elite FlexPod Premium Partner Status

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Advanced Systems Group has earned the prestigious FlexPod Premium Partner status from the FlexPod manufacturers Cisco and NetApp.

Advanced Systems Group (ASG), the Denver-based IT consulting, integration, and project management firm, today announces that it has earned the prestigious FlexPod Premium Partner status from the FlexPod manufacturers Cisco and NetApp. In earning this elite status, ASG joins a very limited number of solution providers in North America that have verified their expertise to design, deliver, and support end-to-end FlexPod converged infrastructure solutions. As a FlexPod Premium Partner, ASG can offer its clients the broadest portfolio of end-to-end solutions, skills, and services for managing and transforming enterprise IT environments.

In earning this certification, ASG engineers have demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of all the computing, networking and storage solutions from Cisco and NetApp that comprise the converged infrastructure solution. As a FlexPod Premium Partner, ASG has a fully developed FlexPod practice, proven customer successes, and a high level of FlexPod technical and business acumen.

“To achieve this elite status, we had to complete a rigorous set of requirements. It wouldn’t have been possible without our talented pool of engineers who hold Cisco and NetApp certifications that span a full range of enterprise IT computing systems and products,” observes John Murphy, ASG Executive Vice President. Murphy continues, “The popular FlexPod converged infrastructure solution represents one of the industry’s best options for companies looking to increase the performance, flexibility, and efficiency of their data centers. That’s why we’ve made the cutting-edge FlexPod available for customer demonstration and evaluation in our interoperability lab or ‘iLab’ along with advanced orchestration software. The FlexPod solution truly demonstrates our commitment to delivering the most advanced, effective, and efficient IT infrastructure solutions to our valued customers.”

"Our partners play a critical, consultative role helping customers understand and achieve the financial and operational benefits of moving from inefficient infrastructure silos to converged, virtualized environments built on FlexPod,” said Peter Howard, Senior Director of Data Center Alliances at NetApp. “The FlexPod Premium Partner framework reflects Cisco's and NetApp's commitment to recognizing partners who have achieved the highest levels of sales, technical, and professional services capability."

FlexPod uses the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) with its unified fabric and programmable interfaces to deliver exceptional scalability and flexibility at the server and networking layers. To help ensure that the server, networking, and storage components of FlexPod work in unison, the FlexPod solution also features the built-in integration of NetApp OnCommand and Cisco UCS Manager.

As a true value-added business partner to its customers, ASG strives to help companies benefit from the most advanced and streamlined technologies. As a consistent member of CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list, ASG pursues active involvement in the industry, maintaining the highest level of engineering certifications with partners and the vendor community.

About Advanced Systems Group
Since 1981, Advanced Systems Group (ASG) has provided complete Information Technology (IT) solutions including comprehensive consulting services, successful storage and data management solutions, assessments and implementation services. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, ASG also has offices throughout the western and southern United States including Baton Rouge, Boise, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Seattle. To learn more, visit http://www.virtual.com.

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://www.newsroom.cisco.com.

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at http://www.netapp.com.

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