FlexPod, a unique data centre platform offered by NetApp and Cisco, is used for hosting a number of business applications and infrastructure software in virtual as well as non-virtual environment. It is pre tested with a number of leading operating systems and hypervisors so that it can provide full support to all your business needs. The Cisco flex pod combines computing, storage, networking and infrastructure software components to provide a unified solution, which is easy to handle and manage. It helps you to manage the infrastructure centrally and provides an open design that can be integrated with the existing infrastructure of your company. The sure benefits of using the Cisco Netapp Flexpod platform are noted down below.
- Deployment: FlexPod is designed to run different applications concurrently and can maintain shared workloads efficiently thus supporting deployment for your organisation at its best. The platform comes with a well-defined and uncomplicated management framework. It has a single pen through which you can perform configuration, monitoring or scaling related tasks with ease. The platform comes with Cisco Validated Design Guide that can be very helpful for reducing the time of deployment.
- Business agility combined with high flexibility: The Cisco Netapp Flexpod uses programmable interface and unified fabric that can give exceptional flexibility and scalability to server and the networking of the organisation. Cisco UCS Manager and NetApp On Command work to make the server, network and storage entities perform as a single unit in an uninterrupted way. The platform provides full support to all the major operating systems and hypervisors in use. The platform can be scaled according to the requirements of the enterprise without any major changes to the basic architecture.
- Efficiency: This is the ultimate word for any IT infrastructure. FlexPod offers servers with expandable memory capacity. This facilitates greater virtual use of the server, which certainly increases the storage capacity largely. The system supports deployment of thousands of virtual systems within minutes and provides high –efficiency in every respect. It provides support for NetApp Snapshot and flash cache that result in reduced disk space without compromising with the performance. It uses less cabling and less physical storage space than traditional data centres adding even greater flexibility to the whole infrastructure.
- Cost minimization: The Cisco flex pod platform reduces the number of physical racks required for the purpose of storage and increases the virtual storage capacity. It condenses the space required to maintain the infrastructure and shrinks the expenses on maintenance of the physical racks. This hi-tech platform reduces the requirement of cabling to as much as 50 per cent from the traditional systems thus cutting heavily on the implementation as well as maintenance cost. The Cisco Netapp Flexpod has this unique capacity to be integrated with the pre-existing infrastructure, which ensures smooth and easy up-gradation. This results in saving transition time and the downtime cost. It can provide easy real time restorable options when combined with VMware, which can be the best way to fight any system failure; this easy system restore option minimises the restoration time and cost.
The FlexPod platform provides great support to the IT infrastructure of your organisation; it empowers you for better performance in every step and at the same time, it helps you to reduce the operational, and maintenance cost of the infrastructure.
Cisco had networking and servers, which was not enough. NetApp had storage which was also not enough as IT workers need storage, servers and networking to operate together so that acquiring, storing processing and delivering data as rapidly, affordably and conveniently as possible can be done.