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Cisco throws in the towel on all-flash array

Cisco finally figured out what to do with its Invicta all-flash array acquired from startup Whiptail for $415 million. It killed it off.

Cisco put out an end-of-life announcement last Friday for Invicta, and has stopped taking orders for the array. If you’re one of the few who bought an Invicta array, your final day to renew your service report is Oct. 19, 2019 with July 31, 2020 designated as the last day of support.

Cisco bought Whiptail in Sept. 2013, but the deal had problems from the start. With close storage partners such as EMC and NetApp pushing into flash storage at the same time, Cisco hesitated to declare the Whiptail arrays storage products. They were rebranded as Invicta, sold by the Cisco UCS server group, and omitted from the Vblocks sold through Cisco’s VCE alliance with EMC and the FlexPod reference architectures with partner NetApp.

However, quality issues prompted Cisco to take Invicta off the market last September with plans to fix the problems and bring it back out. That never happened, however, as Cisco confirmed last week that the product is finished.

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