FlexPod

Build your business on prevalidated solutions for converged infrastructure, from Cisco and NetApp.

INTRODUCING FLEXPOD

Validated converged infrastructure for NetApp storage

Proven performance. Proven Agility. Proven value.

FlexPod is the converged infrastructure platform jointly developed by Cisco & NetApp, composed of prevalidated server, networking and storage technologies. There are a number of solution offerings, consisting of various architectures with increased performance and cost. Applied Technologies can guide you through the options, and in particular advise where you can utilise your existing NetApp storage.

Here is a brief outline of the available options. More information can be found in the Resources section.

FlexPod Express – compact Converged Infrastructure targeted for remote offices.
FlexPod Datacenter – scalable infrastructure for workload enterprise applications, virtualization, VDI, and public and private cloud.
FlexPod SF – the same reliable infrastructure, with the additional benefit of the NetApp SolidFire all-flash storage platform.
FlexPod Select – a purpose-build architecture for high-performance applications.

Find out more by booking a Flexpod demonstration with Applied Technologies now.

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Why FlexPod?

NetApp and Cisco have jointly developed numerous reference architectures to help meet your specific requirements for the following critical environments:

Workload consolidation: FlexPod helps you consolidate and virtualize your applications onto less hardware. Along with improved hardware utilization, this approach frees up data center space and reduces power and cooling requirements.

Virtual desktop infrastructure: FlexPod is a self-contained virtual desktop solution in a rack. Its modular design facilitates rapid, repeatable deployment of thousands of virtual desktops and is optimized for VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop. The extended memory technology of Cisco UCS provides the industry’s greatest number of VMs per core density.

Development and test: FlexPod enables rapid provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual resources, making it ideal for development and test environments. NetApp FlexClone software facilitates rapid development/test setup with cloning technology that lets you deploy thousands of space-efficient
VMs for new projects in minutes, accelerating time to market. Clones can also be redeployed to secondary sites, reducing preparation time for initiatives such as disaster recovery testing.

Continuity of Operations: FlexPod can be configured with integrated data protection software to provide fast recovery from system, site, and regional outages for continuity of operations. The combination of NetApp MetroCluster and SnapMirror technologies with Cisco UCS Manager offers automated monitoring and failover, as well as cost-effective replication to a secondary site for continuous protection against unplanned downtime.

Secure multi-tenancy and secure separation: FlexPod leverages Cisco and NetApp technologies to deliver secure multi-tenancy with solutions such as Cisco Secure Enclaves. Resources and data for each tenant—application, department, or individual user—are securely isolated within the FlexPod environment. This combines the data separation and service-level guarantees offered by application silos with the efficiencies of a converged, virtualized infrastructure.

TESTIMONIAL

 “FlexPod has enabled us to grow the business, scale sideways, and be flexible to what the business is demanding from us. It’s simply a business enabler.”

Robert Sutton, IT Director
Suttons Group

WHY APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES FOR FLEXPOD?

Your Premier Technology Partner with joint Cisco and NetApp skills in house…

Applied Tech are Cisco and NetApp Partners, combining the skills and experience necessary to deliver a successful transition to systems consolidation.

  • Design fully validated by Cisco
  • Proven Converged Infrastructure
  • Ability to adapt quickly to any changes in priorities

Applied Technologies have the technical and commercial knowledge to allow clients to take their existing NetApp storage and combine it with Cisco unified computing and switches.

  • Gold NetApp Business Partner
  • 10+ Years supplying NetApp Solutions

Applied Technologies have extensive converged infrastructure experience; delivering solutions that centralise management, consolidate systems, increase resource-utilisation and lower costs.

  • Avoid “Rip & Replace” by utilising existing NetApp Storage
  • Visible cost reduction and lower TCO
  • Managed transition to Converged Infrastructure

Proven Performance. Proven Agility. Proven Value.

FlexPod validated designs speed deployment of infrastructure and applications while reducing cost, complexity and risk.


PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS:

The FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp All Flash FAS

A converged infrastructure needs to provide consistent microsecond response times with a balanced configuration across networking, servers and storage. Equally, the ability to scale to fit any workload, and non-disruptive maintenance and upgrades, are definite requirements.

The FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp All Flash FAS system combines best-of-breed technologies from NetApp and Cisco into a powerful converged infrastructure platform for enterprise applications.

Download this Lab Report from the Enterprise Strategy Group, which documents validation of the real world performance, ease of management, and agility of the FlexPod Datacenter with All Flash FAS in high-performance Oracle RAC and virtual desktop environments.

HOW FLEXPOD STACKS UP…

Understanding the benefits of the FlexPod solution

75%

fewer disk drives without compromising performance

20x

database performance with All Flash

83%

faster provisioning

50%

improved TCO

50%

reduction in cabling

89%

less unplanned downtime

Resources

Filter by category:
  • Technical Information

    FlexPod Express Technical Specifications

    Detailed technical specifications for the FlexPod Express
  • Technical Information

    FlexPod Datacenter Technical Specifications

    Detailed technical specifications for the FlexPod Datacenter
  • Solution Brief

    FlexPod SolidFire Solution Brief

    Solution Brief for the FlexPod SolidFire
  • Data Sheet

    NetApp SF9608 Data Sheet

    Datasheet for the NetApp SolidFire SF9608

UCS ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS WITH CISCO

Get to grips with UCS with a full demonstration at Cisco Labs in Manchester or Bedfont Lakes.

Experience UCS

Location: Cisco's Labs, Manchester or Bedfont Lakes

Format: 1/2 Day (date and time to suit you)

Come and experience a deep dive into Cisco UCS with experts from Cisco & Applied Technologies. Receive a full overview of UCS, and explore the UCS Manager, set up and service profiles. Run through specifics around how your solution may look and put together a framework of how migration to UCS would happen.

With the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, this session will be invaluable before adopting a UCS solution.