A major evolution in the data centre

In response to their needs for flexible, cost-effective IT solutions that fit into current infrastructures, many organisations are moving away from siloed servers, storage, and networking resources to higher levels of virtualisation and are also making a rapid movement toward the Cloud.

However, many organisations 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

Flexpod, jointly developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible infrastructure platform composed of pre-sized and pre-validated storage, networking and server components. It’s designed to ease your IT transformation and virtualisation to Cloud computing with maximum efficiency and minimal risk.

Flexpod offers four key business value propositions

  • Lower risk with a validated, simplified data centre solution and a cooperative support model for a safe and proven journey to virtualisation and the Cloud.
  • Enable business agility with faster provisioning of IT assets (servers, network, storage) that scales out and up to fit a variety of use cases and environments, such as SAP, Oracle®, Exchange 2010, SQL Server®, VMware View™, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V™, and Red Hat.
  • Accelerate application deployment by leveraging prevalidated, pretested configurations.
    Increase data centre efficiencies while reducing TCO and decreasing the number of operational processes.

Flexpod meets the needs of customers who have the following requirements

  • Migration to a shared infrastructure with many applications
  • Improved agility to meet growth and key business initiatives
  • Lower cost per user without sacrificing scalability
  • Need to improve operational agility, processes, and costs
  • Evolution to operations that align with ITIL-based standards
  • Deployment of dedicated applications that support software as a service (SaaS), VDI, and other cloud environments

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