The FlexPod® Datacenter solution is a pre-validated solution combining storage, networking, and server components and integrating them into a single, flexible architecture focused on business workloads. FlexPod Datacenter is designed to speed the deployment of infrastructure and business-critical applications with reduced cost, minimal risk, and increased flexibility.

FlexPod Datacenter components include NetApp® FAS unified storage systems, Cisco® Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) servers, and Cisco Nexus® 5000 and 7000 Series Switches. The FlexPod Datacenter architecture can scale up or out, and can be optimized for a variety of mixed workloads in both virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

Businesses continue to exert pressure on IT to be faster and reduce costs. However, the majority of IT budgets are spent on maintaining equipment, leaving only a small amount for new projects and innovation. In cases in which IT has the funds to deploy new systems, it typically takes weeks, if not months, of design, planning, procurement, deployment, and testing to do so.

To reduce the time and cost of deploying infrastructure and applications, companies are adopting a converged infrastructure approach. According to one industry analyst, “In a few years, we’ll move away from people buying the piece parts… Whatever they buy has to be designed and tested to work together”. By deploying converged solutions that leverage shared resources, IT teams are slashing design, planning, and testing phases by months.


FlexPod has been pretested and jointly validated with popular hypervisors, operating systems, applications, and infrastructure software, including:
•VMware® vSphere®
•VMware View™
•Citrix XenDesktop
•Red Hat Enterprise Linux®
•Oracle® (RAC, JD Edwards, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM Server)
•Microsoft® Exchange, SQL Server®, and SharePoint®
•Microsoft Private Cloud
•Hortonworks Data Platform
•Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop
•Cisco® Nexus® Data Center switches

FlexPod can be optimized to support several of these workloads simultaneously. NetApp and Cisco have also jointly developed reference architectures to help you integrate and flex the solution to meet your specific requirements for the following critical environments.

FlexPod includes a simplified cooperative support model that is coordinated among NetApp, Cisco, and VMware. The joint support model offers global 24/7 support with streamlined response from technical experts, and it spans across new and legacy products from each company for maximum flexibility. It also includes a Cooperative Support lab designed to replicate and rapidly resolve complex customer issues, leveraging on-site experts and state-of-the-art equipment from all three vendors.