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FlexPod automation: Infrastructure deployment made easy

The automation capabilities of the FlexPod® datacenter solution is a big step towards simplifying processes, reducing errors, and increasing IT efficiency.

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Carol Chan
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For many people, automation is the holy grail. Mechanical robots offload manufacturing tasks, robotic pharmacist dispense medical prescriptions, and self-driving cars are now commercially available.

IT leaders are on a quest to automate datacenter operation. The automation capabilities of the FlexPod® datacenter solution is a big step towards simplifying processes, reducing errors, and increasing IT efficiency. 

The FlexPod’s validated architecture lays a solid infrastructure foundation for a wide range of business applications and solutions. Continuous integration with Cisco and NetApp technologies keeps FlexPod in the forefront of innovation: through simplified management with Cisco Intersight, advanced hybrid-cloud capabilities with NetApp ONTAP®, and faster performance with end-end-to-end NVMe.  The FlexPod automation solutions can further improve IT efficiency and reduce operation errors. Infrastructure deployment and service provisioning that used to take hours can now be completed in just minutes.

Building upon the Ansible scripts for various Cisco and NetApp hardware and software components, we have developed a set of automation playbooks that greatly simplify installing and configuring FlexPod systems. Adhering to the FlexPod validated architecture, the automation playbook is thoroughly tested with standard parameter values for compute, network, storage, and virtualization resources. IT can utilize the robust and repeatable automation procedures to efficiently deploy FlexPod across datacenter locations. The automation playbooks can also be customized to meet specific Day 0/1 requirements.

Here are several FlexPod automation playbooks for reference:

Datacenter automation is a journey, and the destination evolves along the way to align with ongoing business changes. FlexPod automation capabilities will also evolve with technology innovation and new solution design to keep pace with customers’ requirements.

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Carol Chan

Carol Chan is a Senior Product Manager for FlexPod. She joined NetApp in 2018 with 20+ years of enterprise experience. Prior to NetApp, Carol has led product management and marketing at multiple high tech companies including Dell EMC, VCE, Equinix, Sun Microsystems and HPE. Carol has a bachelor degree in Computer Science and MBA from Santa Clara University.

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