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.