Turn Data Centers into Private Clouds

Automated management makes FlexPod an ideal platform, ESG reports.

Turn Data Centers into Private Clouds
Turn Data Centers into Private Clouds

FlexPod is a converged compute, networking, and storage solution developed by Cisco and NetApp. Its solution configurations and workloads are published as Cisco Validated Designs. FlexPod is categorized by established, emerging client needs:

  • FlexPod Datacenter was developed for large enterprises
  • FlexPod Express serves small and medium enterprises
  • FlexPod Select focuses on high-capacity and performance for specialized workloads

Cisco and NetApp support FlexPod deployments through the Cooperative Support Model.

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FlexPod components include Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, NetApp unified storage systems, and Cisco Nexus networking fabric. The FlexPod architecture can scale up or out, and can be optimized for a variety of mixed workloads in both virtualized and nonvirtualized environments.

Large enterprise data centers need agile platforms with high availability and scalable storage. Along with reducing operating costs, CIOs want to use a converged infrastructure to support hybrid cloud computing.

Small and medium enterprises need simplified setup and use, interface to public cloud services, and greater value for their data center budgets.

An emerging enterprise trend is the need for purpose-built, high-capacity platforms for specialized workloads. Large-scale, real-time data analytics places unique demands on compute stacks. Video surveillance, in-memory databases, and public cloud infrastructures have similar capacity profiles.

FlexPod's architecture can be configured for the growing needs of all these clients. In two short years, FlexPod has delivered value to over 2500 customers across 35 countries worldwide.

Going forward, FlexPod customers and partners want configuration guidance, easy ordering, and validation for the configuration that is most aligned with their needs.

To better serve these emerging trends, FlexPod is introducing three named configurations:

  • FlexPod Datacenter
  • FlexPod Express
  • FlexPod Select

Cisco UCS Director supports cohesive, flexible data centers, built on FlexPod, that increase IT and business agility, while reducing operational processes and expenses.

Cisco and NetApp support FlexPod through a Cooperative Support Model. It uses the expertise of Cisco and NetApp technologists that are, in turn, served by an advanced support lab infrastructure.

An overview of the FlexPod solution is available through an iPad App.

Market Focus: Medium and large enterprises requiring an efficient, highly secure, and scalable infrastructure

Important Features

  • Virtualized compute and storage
  • Highly available clustered storage
  • Unified 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking
  • Multitenancy for workloads
  • Management tools to facilitate configuration and operations

Market Focus: Small and medium enterprises requiring rapid deployment, support for multiple applications, and optimum value for their infrastructure budgets

Important Features

  • Simplified components
  • Rapid provisioning
  • Ease of operations
  • Validated support for business applications

FlexPod Express delivers the built-in system efficiencies of Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switching, and NetApp FAS storage. Fewer IT resources are needed to manage a pool of server, network, and storage systems in a virtualized infrastructure. This simplified solution also reduces the number of devices that you need to purchase, cable, and power.

Market Focus: Support for the specialized requirements for workloads such as data analytics, data management, video surveillance, medical imaging, and more

Important Features

  • High availability
  • Security
  • Scalability
  • Validation with industry-standard data analytics workloads

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