Why FlexPod?

FlexPod Solution

Built on groundbreaking technology from the standard product portfolios of NetApp and Cisco, FlexPod simplifies and modernises IT with proven continuous innovation, delivering unmatched application performance, the broadest support for any cloud strategy, and improved operational efficiency to accelerate data centre transformation and business evolution.

Why Sell FlexPod?

FlexPod® presents you with the opportunity to deliver a converged infrastructure solution that does not compromise capabilities or flexibility. When you sell FlexPod, you’ll:

  1. Expand Your Business
    • Deliver technology to a business which enables hybrid-cloud and on-prem solutions from the same infrastructure with flexible components and security to adapt to changing requirements.
    • Gain the opportunity through product specialisation to brand your own FlexPod offerings based on your specific applications, support, services, etc.
  2. Customers are looking for simplicity
    • FlexPod is a forward-looking, cloud-connected CI platform that is a sound strategic and architectural solution for customer looking toward a hybrid cloud strategy
    • FlexPod is a data centre architecture that incorporates and evolves to handle both current enterprise workloads and newer applications
    • Cisco and NetApp continue to invest in the FlexPod program with new and updated designs covering infrastructure and application requirements that businesses are using now
  3. The Market Opportunity
    • Cloud and virtualisation consistently rank among a CIOs' top priorities
    • ESG research shows economic value of refreshing with modern FlexPod systems with NetApp AFF1
    • International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, worldwide converged systems market revenue grew 0.3% year over year to $3.9 billion during the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20)
      • Revitalize your sales with 385%+ year-over-year growth of NetApp's All Flash Array.
      • Take advantage of $775M run rates for NetApp flash with a potential Cisco value of $1B when sold as FlexPod.
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1. Source: ESG – Economic Validation FlexPod Cisco UCS M5 NetApp AFF (Feb-2020).

FlexPod Advantage

  • Up to 20X AFF storage performance
  • 208% faster SQL response times
  • 100+ world record benchmarks
  • 83% faster provisioning with ACI + UCS
  • 20-30% reduction in application testing time
  • 70% of engineering time reclaimed
  • 76% ROI in just 17 months*
  • Free storage controller upgrade
  • Flash performance at the price of disk

Talk the Talk: Drivers Pushing End-Users to Go FlexPod

Customers are interested in cloud, virtualisation, and converged infrastructures because their existing data centres are ill-equipped to help them overcome several considerable roadblocks. As a result, you should target organisations experiencing these key business and operational challenges:

Business Challenges
  • Slow, complex, expensive application deployment
  • Applications that require faster storage response and higher IOPS
  • Inefficient orchestration and cumbersome network automation
  • Complex multitenancy support
  • Transitioning workloads to cloud data centers
  • Ensure business continuity
Operational Challenges
  • Cutting energy consumption
  • Improving asset utilization
  • Simplifying complex, time-consuming provisioning cycles
  • Ensuring ongoing system and application integrity, and availability
  • Scale further and faster
  • Supporting growth of Internet of Everything (IoE) device data

FlexPod solution family

Multiple categories for different customers and users

FlexPod Datacenter delivers digital transformation by leveraging validated enterprise-class IT platforms built on Cisco UCS servers, Nexus fabric switches and NetApp All Flash FAS storage. FlexPod Datacenter is powerful enough to handle a variety of mixed workloads, but flexible enough to manage using any system management platform. LEARN MORE
Achieve non-disruptive operations for:
  • Enterprise Private Clouds
  • Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs)
  • Unified Scale-out Storage
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructures
  • Enterprise-scale Database Implementations
  • Secure Multitenancy
  • Superior Business Continuity and Data Protection
Get all the proven performance, agility and value of FlexPod in a single, easy-to-manage solution that fits your growing enterprise. Streamline your servers and storage with best-in-class components, including Cisco UCS® C-Series servers and UCS Mini, Cisco Nexus® 3000 Series switches, and NetApp® FAS2500 Series storage. LEARN MORE
  • Reduce your data center footprint while adding the power you need to run tomorrow’s business applications.
  • Enable your business to manage more systems and storage in less time through the power of virtualization.
  • Never outgrow your data center by consolidating your apps and data on this affordable, agile and flexible solution.

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