FlexPod is the “mother” of all convergence infrastructure (CI) platforms, developed in partnership between Cisco and NetApp. It’s a CI built on cutting-edge technology by industry leaders who repeatedly demonstrate excellence – that’s why FlexPod is the CI choice across multiple industries. NetApp’s Hermann Wedlich believes in FlexPod so much so that he wrote an entire blog series that delves into why FlexPod’s gains are not luck but, rather, are due to a plethora of advantages it offers, including agility and customization.
FlexPod remains in demand. According to the Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker report, published in April of 2019, by the International Data Corporation (IDC), FlexPod held a 32 percent overall share for Q4 of 2018 and CI leadership for 7 consecutive quarters since 2017. That’s not luck. There are many reasons for FlexPod’s continued success.
FlexPod: So Many Advantages
There are many advantages built into FlexPod’s converged infrastructure that make it an appealing choice across multiple industries.
The FlexPod Standard:
- Pre-tested IT architecture concept
- Freedom in scalability
- Reduction of operating costs
- Connection to the NetApp Data Fabric
- Increased efficiency for backup and recovery
- Industry standard
- Forefront of customization
And, it’s future-proof. FlexPod has become an industry standard, ready to adapt in the future – able to grow and change as business and technology evolve. All of this translates into a viable IT investment.
Maximum Agility and Customization
FlexPod’s infrastructure is comprised of NetApp AFF or FAS storage, Cisco Systems’ UCS (Unified Computing System), Nexus switches, with a hypervisor or workload software bundled into a complete CI stack. . The infrastructure components are preconfigured and tested, with over 170 designs. A company can select the suitable reference architecture on which to set up the configured components, like databases or web apps, for example. In addition, the system configuration can then be customized to the client’s requirements. Customization capabilities make FlexPod a highly flexible solution for Vmware or HyperV, SQL Server or Oracle databases, SAP apps, analytics or DevOps.
Customers across all industries are always impressed with Flexpod’s reliability, versatility and scalability, which is why they support their digital future with this datacenter building block. I encourage you visit the FlexPod website and see why customers are choosing FlexPod converged infrastructure.