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FlexPod with MAX Data: Warp Speed Ahead for CI Data Storage

Wired magazine states that “Latency is not only a nuisance, but also a serious problem for enterprises that house their applications in the cloud.”i Any enterprise with workloads in the cloud already is well aware of the adverse effects of high latency – propagation, transmission, processing, and innovation delays. Moreover, with massive data increases, high latency becomes an even more critical concern. This Fall, FlexPod Converged Infrastructure from NetApp and Cisco is setting a new standard in performance with an optional feature called Memory Accelerated FlexPod. 

Warp Speed Ahead with Memory Accelerated FlexPod 

Memory Accelerated FlexPod, supported by NetApp MAX Data software, Cisco UCS servers and Nexus switches, NetApp AFF storage arrays and Intel Optane persistent memory, is fast – really fast.  Think Enterprise warp speed for data, as my colleague Bruno Messina wrote recently. Max Data presents Optane media as a traditional POSIX-compliant file system enabling existing Linux-based apps to work natively with Optane without rewrite. It’s not a cache, but it’ll deliver a persistent storage layer and includes integrated data protection and replication to protect application data against faults. So, FlexPod with MAX Data will bring the performance of persistent memory to many of the applications you run today, faster.  

Memory Accelerated FlexPod may be the World’s Largest Big-Box Store 

A great analogy equating the speed of getting served in an automotive parts store to the speed of data in an application was made by Steve Cooke, at Cisco. In a blog, he outlined how data storage and retail approaches are similar, and how Memory Accelerated FlexPod is a little like the big-box serve-yourself retail operating model. With MAX Data, NetApp’s latest testing shows double the VM density and three times the storage performance, which is like having fewer clerks with better productivity.  


We’ve all heard the prediction from IDC: 175 zettabytes of data worldwide by 2025.iii It’s hard to envision just how much data that is. David Reinsel, Senior Vice President, IDC, explains, “If one were able to store 175ZB onto BluRay discs, then you’d have a stack of discs that can get you to the moon 23 times. Even if you could download 175ZB on today’s largest hard drive, it would take 12.5 billion drives. And as an industry, we ship a fraction of that today.”iv Envision the enormity of the big-box store required to house those BluRay discs in 2025. Now imagine trying to sort, locate, purchase, or inventory those BluRays as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Empower Your Enterprise with Memory Accelerated FlexPod 

FlexPod is constantly evolving, adding new Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) and NetApp Validated Architectures (NVAs) to its family of 170+ standard solutions, and ensuring the performance of modern enterprise applications that run the largest and most complex, mission-critical workloads like vSphere, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, and SAP. Memory Accelerated FlexPod with Max Data is the next step in this evolution. An evolution that integrates new technologies like Intel Optane and industrializes them in end-to-end validation that gives customer assurances that it works. MAX Data will empower and evolve your FlexPod Converged Infrastructure with warp speed to improve application response time and provide enterprise-class data protection to persistent memory. MAX Data is available now, take advantage of the 90-day try-and-buy MAX Data trial by following this link

We’d love to show you how FlexPod with MAX Data can help you with your company’s unique needs. 

i https://www.wired.com/insights/2012/09/layers-of-latency/
ii https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomcoughlin/2018/11/27/175-zettabytes-by-2025/#2b525a645459
iii https://www.networkworld.com/article/3325397/idc-expect-175-zettabytes-of-data-worldwide-by-2025.html
iv https://www.networkworld.com/article/3325397/idc-expect-175-zettabytes-of-data-worldwide-by-2025.html

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