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Elevate efficiency in converged infrastructure: NetApp, Cisco, AMD trio

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Sriram Sagi
Sriram Sagi

Attention, tech enthusiasts and forward-thinking enterprises! Are you ready to embark on a journey that will revolutionize the very core of your IT infrastructure? If the convergence of cutting-edge technology sends ripples of excitement through your organization, then you’re in for a treat.

In a world where every second counts, where the performance of enterprise applications and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions can make or break a deal, efficiency is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Imagine workloads that glide effortlessly, resources that scale seamlessly, and data that’s not just stored but secured with an impenetrable fortress.

Enter the FlexPod® converged infrastructure with the NetApp, Cisco, and AMD trio—an integration that transcends conventional infrastructure. With the potent combination of all-flash storage, fortified Cisco compute, and the processing might of an AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) processor, this trio is poised to recalibrate the efficiency equation. It’s not just an upgrade; it’s a revolution.

The power of FlexPod

FlexPod infrastructure represents the integration of critical IT components, including computing, storage, and networking, into a single, unified system. This comprehensive approach replaces traditional, siloed setups, offering a streamlined and cohesive infrastructure.

Flexpod Customer benefits notes

Streamlined data management

Accelerate enterprise apps with extremely low latency by using storage solutions like the all-flash NetApp® AFF A-Series systems, capacity-flash AFF C-Series systems, and NetApp ASA systems for all-flash SAN block storage. With a wide array of portfolio offerings, you can choose the right storage for your workloads, depending on their availability, performance, and efficiency requirements.

Compute infrastructure

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) portfolio continues to evolve with the introduction of the UCS X-Series on M6 and the new M7 server nodes. The X-Series brings unprecedented performance and scalability, with cutting-edge features that empower data centers to handle the most demanding workloads. Meanwhile, the M7 server nodes redefine the boundaries of efficiency and innovation, offering enhanced processing power, energy efficiency, and advanced capabilities to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern IT environments.

AMD EPYC processors

AMD EPYC processors designed to deliver high-performance computing for data centers and enterprise applications.

They offer several advantages:

  • Processing power. AMD’s EPYC processors deliver unmatched processing power, enabling faster data crunching and application performance.
  • Energy efficiency. Efficiency extends beyond performance. AMD’s processors are designed with energy efficiency in mind, reducing operational costs.
  • Performance enhancements. AMD continually pushes the envelope with performance enhancements, ensuring that your infrastructure stays ahead of the curve.

Implementing the NetApp, Cisco, and AMD trio

Our latest FlexPod Express solution with the AMD EPYC processor helps organizations implement infrastructure that’s proven to support any app. FlexPod helps manage compute, network, and storage with agility and simplicity. Using our Ansible playbooks with day 0 to day N automation, you can keep the entire infrastructure stack provisioned consistently, which allows rapid deployment and scaling. Our latest solution with Cisco UCS C245 M6 Rack Mount Servers, AMD EPYC processors, and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops supports more virtual desktop workloads than the previously released generation of processors on the same hardware. The AMD EPYC 24-core processors used in a recent Cisco Validated Design (CVD) provided a balance between increased per-server capacity and cost. For more details, see this CVD, FlexPod Datacenter for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with VMware vSphere 8 for up to 1000 Sessions.

In summary, FlexPod with the NetApp, Cisco, and AMD trio represents a quantum leap in the realm of converged infrastructure. By defining the future of efficiency, this convergence promises enhanced performance, cost savings, and simplified management. As you embark on your journey toward converged infrastructure, remember to prioritize planning, integration, and security to unlock the full potential of this dynamic trio. With a clear roadmap and the right partners, FlexPod not only elevates efficiency but also future proofs your infrastructure in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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Sriram Sagi

Sriram Sagi is a principal product manager for FlexPod. He joined NetApp in 2022 with 15+ years of experience in enterprise products. Before NetApp, Sriram led product and technology teams and shipped multiple products. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and an MBA from Duke University.

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