In 1905, Albert Einstein published perhaps the most famous equation in physics:
Mass x (Speed of Light)² = Energy or mc² = E
The equation, and what it meant for science, proved revolutionary. It demonstrates that energy and mass are essentially equal. These two seemingly different things are substantially the same. For the entirety of human history up until Einstein’s revelation in 1905, humans looked at mass and saw only mass; no one saw energy.
Jump ahead to 2019, when my friend Bruno Messina published FlexPod Equals Cloud-Connected Converged Infrastructure, a blog that uses Einstein’s E = mc² as an analogy for readers to gain a similarly expanded view of FlexPod.
FlexPod is Your On-Ramp to Public Cloud
In 1905, Einstein was trying to understand his place in the universe. In 2019, businesses are trying to understand their place in the cloud. Dave Bartoletti, Vice President, Forrester Research, states, “Multi cloud and hybrid cloud are not things, they are situations you find yourself in when trying to solve business problems.” Bartoletti goes on to highlight that 62 percent of public cloud adopters are using 2+ unique cloud environments/platforms, and that 74 percent of enterprises describe their strategy as hybrid/multi-cloud.i
The FlexPod platform, like mass before Einstein, has been viewed as an on-premises-only platform. While FlexPod still supports nearly every datacenter workload, the benefits of the public cloud are also reliably available with FlexPod.
FlexPod can be your on-premises on-ramp to the public cloud. The benefits of the public cloud (E in Bruno’s analogy) are available with FlexPod. FlexPod can be your on-premises gateway (m) to a hybrid cloud strategy (mc
Deploying Hybrid Cloud with FlexPod
When you look around, you probably don’t see the energy in Einstein’s calculation – but it is there. The same holds true when you look at your FlexPod unit. You don’t see that your FlexPod is cloud-connected, but it is, in fact, an on-ramp to your hybrid cloud strategy. To help accelerate your digital transformation, every FlexPod unit can be connected to the cloud through data fabric powered by NetApp. The data fabric gives your storage constant capabilities across your choice of endpoints, spanning on-premises, edge, and multiple public cloud environments.
The following is a small sample of what FlexPod Cloud-Connected Converged Infrastructure empowers you to do. With FlexPod, you can:
- Back-up to the public cloud
- Orchestrate disaster recovery in the public cloud
- Tier inactive data to the public cloud
- Put data in the best place: public cloud, private cloud, or multiple clouds
- Move data to and from the public cloud to leverage cloud-based analytic services
- Move data between public clouds
- Orchestrate Kubernetes among multiple clouds
FlexPod Cloud-Connected Converged Infrastructure’s Expanding Portfolio
At the NetApp Insight conference, NetApp and Cisco introduced new, innovative solutions that extend FlexPod Cloud-Connected Converged Infrastructure. These solutions add new cloud-connected features and augment the current cloud-connected properties of a FlexPod unit. FlexPod continues to enhance and evolve its portfolio of innovative technologies.
FlexPod has added the following capabilities:
- Storage tiering to cloud for FlexPod with FabricPool
- Latest SAP HANA software running on the current FlexPod hardware and software
- FlexPod Datacenter solution for the newest vSphere update and hardware refresh
- ROBO FlexPod solution
- Ransomware hardening and best practices with FlexPod
- …and more!
You can also preview Multi-Cloud Kubernetes Orchestration for FlexPod (manage and orchestrate Kubernetes on FlexPod or in the public cloud).
To better understand Einstein’s equation, you can read his paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy-Content?” To expand your view of FlexPod as a foundation for your hybrid cloud, visit:
- FlexPod | Converged Infrastructure from Cisco & NetApp
- FlexPod | NetApp.com
- FlexPod | Cisco.com
- NetApp Data Fabric