FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation
A converged infrastructure solution for enterprise remote offices
Maximize IT responsiveness. Minimize risk. Leverage prevalidated FlexPod solutions from NetApp and Cisco.
Ready to accelerate business evolution? FlexPod data center solutions redefine the way your IT department delivers value—simplifying operations and delivering superior application performance. Groundbreaking all-flash technology from NetApp and Cisco gives you the FlexPod Advantage:
- Performance. Deploy high-speed, all-flash architectures to deliver application performance that drives business outcomes.
- Agility. Anticipate and respond to business demands. Deploy new services fast. Simplified, automated tasks increase productivity and slash time to service for IT customers.
- Economics. Cut capex and opex. With Flash memory approaching disk pricing, you can deliver high-performance, cost-effective solutions.
Integrated and standardized FlexPod components let you scale up or out to meet the demands of your enterprise applications. You can plan the power, floor space, usable capacity, performance, and cost of each FlexPod deployment with accuracy.
FlexPod in the Data Center
In today’s data center, IT management focuses on procuring converged infrastructure platforms that provide architectural flexibility and enterprisegrade performance. The FlexPod® platform delivers on both counts. As the leading converged infrastructure platform for the data center, FlexPod offers a combination of innovative network, compute, and storage building blocks that have enabled its ever-growing presence in the modern data center. Today, FlexPod has been successfully deployed by over 7,000 enterprises worldwide.
Unique needs of remote offices, small data centers, and the edge
Enterprises are now looking to extend the benefits of converged infrastructure from the central data center. They want to expand the architectural richness and simplified management into remote office or branch office (ROBO) locations, small data centers, and the edge. However, there are several critical differences between centralized data centers and remote locations. Remote offices and edge environments are often space and power constrained. In addition, remote locations typically do not have access to the same level of technical personnel, whether in-house or vendor assigned.
If left to grow organically, ROBO and edge environments often end up deploying a diverse set of platforms and management practices that can result in higher operating costs for the enterprise. In addition, business units are increasingly turning to public cloud services as they attempt to bypass the operating complexities of deployed infrastructure.
New FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation
Enterprises need a converged solution for ROBOs, small data centers, and the edge environment that maintains architectural consistency with the central data center infrastructure. But this solution must be more compact and easy to deploy and manage. To meet this need, Cisco and NetApp have extended the FlexPod family with the introduction of the new FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation solution.
Tailored to ROBO and Edge Requirements
The FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation solution is optimized for ROBO, small data center, and edge deployments. This converged solution provides the following optimizations:
- Well-defined configuration.
Although FlexPod Datacenter can be tailored to precise requirements, FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation is prescribed in its form and function, resulting in minimal architectural decision making within the remote environment.
- Easy and consistent procurement.
FlexPod technology partners can procure FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation from a single source, confident that all the components will be in the stated configuration, prevalidated for virtualized infrastructure and VDI workloads.
- Simplified configuration.
FlexPod Datacenter customized deployments can take several days. By leveraging Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Director scripting, FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation can be readied for enterprise workloads in less than 60 minutes.
- The strengths of FlexPod.
Although this new FlexPod solution differs in important ways to meet the unique requirements of remote environments, it retains the commonality of FlexPod components. It also still offers the confidence that comes from leveraging the intellectual property that is embedded in the FlexPod prevalidated architecture.
The FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation solution comprises Cisco Cloud Services Platform, Cisco Nexus 9300 switches, Cisco UCS Mini servers, and NetApp FAS2500 storage, all mounted in a 24U rack for fast deployment. It can be provisioned in less than 60 minutes after the platform has been powered up. This 90% reduction in provisioning time is the result of software enhancements within the FlexPod components, coupled with the powerful management capabilities of Cisco UCS Director.
Cisco UCS Director facilitates a seamless experience in managing infrastructure across the data center and remote locations. Policies that relate to network, compute, storage, and data management as determined by IT professionals at the central data center can be implemented at each remote location. Service profiles promote consistency and reduce the time required to configure the platform.
VDI and Virtualized Infrastructure
VDI and virtualized infrastructure are important workloads for remote environments. VDI workloads and virtualized infrastructure such as Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft applications can be hosted very efficiently on FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation. The base platform supports up to 500 VDI users with high-availability capability, easily expandable to 700 users by adding computing power to the available slots within the UCS Mini component.
Clustered Data ONTAP
The NetApp clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 operating system addresses the needs of modern IT departments with a unified clustered architecture for storage systems. It scales and adapts to changing needs, while reducing risk and costs. Key benefits include nondisruptive operations, proven efficiency, and seamless scalability.
These benefits become evident when multiple FlexPod units are deployed across the data center and remote locations. Enterprises can move data between storage systems without interrupting the application. Clustered Data ONTAP supports different generations of NetApp controllers, preserving and extending the investment in storage infrastructure. NetApp copy, replication, and cloning technologies provide additional cost savings that more than offset the additional capital outlays within remote environments.
Clustered Data ONTAP is the foundation of the Data Fabric, NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. It is the world’s #1 open networked branded storage operating system*, providing a clear path to the cloud.
Avnet Accelerated Procurement
Avnet provides considerable experience and expertise in integrating FlexPod components and delivering the result to customers expediently. FlexPod partners across the globe stand ready to provide sizing, deployment, and management assistance.