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FlexPod: A Flexible Data Center Platform to Accelerate Cloud Deployment

FlexPod is a predesigned, base configuration built on Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and NetApp storage components. Today, more than 1 000  customers worldwide are benefiting from the synergies of Cisco UCS and NetApp storage. This baseline configuration can scale up for greater performance and capacity or scale out for environments that need consistent, multiple deployments.

The Challenge

Disruptive transition from inflexible infrastructure silos

IT departments of all sizes are increasingly challenged by data center complexity and inflexibility. Rapidly proliferating silos of server, storage, and networking resources, combined with countless management tools and operational processes, have led to crippling inefficiencies and costs. 

However, many organizations hesitate to make the transition because of potential short-term business disruptions and long-term architectural inflexibility that can impede scalability and responsiveness to business changes.


The Solution

A pre-validated data center solution that simplifies your transition to the cloud

FlexPod™, jointly developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible infrastructure platform

composed of pre-sized storage, networking, and server components. It’s designed
to ease your IT transformation from virtualization to cloud computing with maximum
efficiency and minimal risk.

FlexPod differs from other virtualization solutions by providing:

  • Integrated, validated technologies from industry leaders and top-tier software partners
  • A single platform, built from unified compute, fabric, and storage technologies, that lets you scale to large-scale data centers without architectural changes
  • Centralized, simplified management of infrastructure resources, including end-to-end automation
  • A choice of validated FlexPod management solutions from trusted partners who work through our open APIs
  • A flexible cooperative support model that resolves issues rapidly and spans across new and legacy products


Key Features

Increase Flexibility

Improve IT agility and future-proof your business with a flexible, unified architecture that scales to a full private or public cloud while leveraging your existing infrastructure.

Enhance Efficiency
Slash both application deployment time and TCO by 50% with a converged virtualized infrastructure that streamlines deployment steps and significantly increases asset utilization.

Reduce Risk
Minimize business disruption with a single pre-validated, standardized platform, built on a clearly defined architecture that eliminates deployment guesswork and—accommodates multiple workloads to meet changing business requirements.

Best-in-class components for enhanced data center efficiency

FlexPod includes the following components in a standardized configuration that supports up to 1,500 users for a typical set of mixed enterprise application workloads. This integrated solution can significantly reduce your capital and operating expenses through end-to-end virtualization and higher efficiencies at each layer.

  • Cisco Unified Computing System is a data center platform that is designed to eliminat  time-consuming manual configuration, reduce TCO, and increase business agility. UCS combines compute, network, storage access, and virtualization into a scalable, modular system that is easily managed as a single entity by Cisco UCS Manager.
  • Cisco Nexus® data center switches use award-winning Unified Fabric technology to identify and consolidate all network traffic onto a single simplified, cost-effective architecture. Nexus switches offer “zero-touch” installation, automatic configuration, and excellent scalability, including in-service upgrades. A single point of policy management also increases efficiency, availability, and security.
  • NetApp FAS systems reduce cost and complexity for virtualized infrastructures by meeting all of your storage requirements with a single, highly scalable solution. NetApp’s unified storage platform supports all protocols so you no longer need to purchase separate systems to accommodate different storage needs.