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NetApp FlexPod Converged Infrastructure – Product Brief

Last updated January 6th, 2021 for end of year updates. Concise 5-page overview of the NetApp FlexPod Converged Infrastructure. Product Brief includes EvaluScale Reviewing Methodology, overview and more. Download now!

NetApp’s FlexPod Converged Infrastructure (CI) consists of Cisco’s UCS servers, Cisco networking components and NetApp storage systems, sold as an integrated, rack-level solution. Like other CIs, FlexPods are designed to provide a complete, integrated infrastructure stack for a specific use case, such as database, cloud computing, server or desktop virtualization, etc.

NetApp FlexPods are actually pre-configured solutions that have been tested and validated by NetApp and Cisco and included on Cisco’s Validated Designs (CVDs) or NetApp’s Verified Architectures (NVAs). Authorized FlexPod partners sell and deploy the solutions.

FlexPod is available in three platforms, Data Center, Express or Select. FlexPod Data Center is designed for enterprise workload applications, such as virtualization or cloud, Express is a smaller-scale configuration designed for remote locations and FlexPod Select is designed for high performance applications, such as Oracle RAC.

NetApp Storage

FlexPods can be ordered with NetApp FAS 2000, 3000, 6000 or 8000 series hybrid controllers in an HA configuration, running either Clustered Data ONTAP or Data ONTAP 7-mode. FlexPod can also include all-flash FAS AFF A700(s)/A800 and NetApp SolidFire all-flash arrays. However, SolidFire can only be connected as an iSCSI-based, block storage add-on to all-flash FAS configurations, with the FlexPod Data Center platform. For more information on any of these storage systems, see the appropriate Evaluator Series Research documentation.

MAX Data is a software layer that runs in the application server allowing existing applications to natively access Intel Optane DC persistent memory without being rewritten. MAX Data presents persistent memory as a faster storage tier in a POSIX-compliant file system, combined with an AFF storage tier. MAX Data reduces latency by an order of magnitude, in a typical database IOI, according to published information.

NetApp FlexPod Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage and Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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