FlexPod® MetroCluster™ IP (Internet Protocol) solutions combine the proven FlexPod converged infrastructures with the NetApp®ONTAP® MetroCluster IP solution capabilities to help companies maintain continued availability of business-critical data services. This blog post highlights the latest FlexPod Datacenter solution Cisco Validated Design (CVD). It also describes the compliant switches deployment architecture for MetroCluster IP, which is supported by ONTAP 9.7 to reduce solution complexities and costs. And it discusses the use of ONTAP Mediator to monitor the storage clusters and automate an unplanned switchover to resume data services quickly when a site disaster occurs.
This document provides examples of the FlexPod MetroCluster IP solution at two different scales to demonstrate how various supported components can be used to build solutions that meet compute, storage, and performances requirements. Deploying these new solution configurations with compliant switches and ONTAP Mediator can help reduce solution complexity, save costs, and speed up disaster recovery. The FlexPod MetroCluster IP solutions offer zero RPO and low RTO. They protect companies against site-wide disasters and many other single-point-of failure scenarios and help them to achieve their business continuity objectives.
Jyh-shing Chen is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer with NetApp. His current focus is on Converged Infrastructure solution enablement, validation, and deployment / management simplification with Ansible automation. Jyh-shing joined NetApp in 2006 and worked in several other areas previously, including storage interoperability with Solaris and VMware vSphere operating systems, qualification of ONTAP MetroCluster solutions and Cloud Volumes data services. Before joining NetApp, Jyh-shing’s engineering experiences include software and firmware development on cardiology health imaging system, mass spectrometer system, Fibre Channel virtual tape library, and the research and development of microfluidic devices. Jyh-shing holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from Meredith College.