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Customer benefits of FlexPod ONTAP integration into Cisco Intersight

Bruno Messina
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flexpod and ontap integration into cisco intersight The human autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a control system that acts unconsciously and regulates bodily functions, such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and pupillary response. It’s fascinating how much work is done by a human ANS in the background. It’s almost overwhelming to consider how much thought and work it would be to handle the ANS workload in the foreground, in conscious thought.

An autonomic look at FlexPod

The integration of ONTAP® software into Cisco Intersight for FlexPod® can add tremendous value to IT customers. As with an ANS, FlexPod with NetApp® ONTAP® integration into Cisco Intersight can assist you with a huge amount of work done in the background. This new integration increases the ever-growing value of your FlexPod management estate from the edge to the core to the cloud. NetApp and Cisco celebrate their 10 year FlexPod partnership. Why should Cisco and NetApp engineer this FlexPod integration? The idea is that as your IT systems management workloads increase, you progressively turn to IT cloud systems management software like ONTAP integration into Cisco Intersight.  And as your FlexPod and UCS systems increase in number and management complexity, so does the amount of systems management time and the number of personnel needed to administer this infrastructure. Without assistance, the task might eventually become too much for administrators to handle — as if humans had to consciously run their own ANS.

Also, today’s digital transformation demands always-on infrastructure, so any disruption to the business has an immediate and profound impact on customer experience.  Today, small outages, can mean large amounts of money and the stakes in the future are growing ever higher.   In addition, as IT organizations’ requirements increase, IT is being asked to do more. The IT landscape faces challenges such as:
  • More applications
  • Dramatic, sudden, inflection points, as with the current pandemic
  • Larger data and data volumes
  • More complex data lifecycles
  • Newer workloads like DevOps and artificial intelligence/machine language (AI/ML)
  • New security requirements
  • Changing governance landscape
  • Updated workflows that connect to the public cloud and include hybrid cloud
  • Continued support and versioning of traditional enterprise workloads
  • Increase of computing and storage in nearly all locations — at the edge, core, and cloud
If you move to FlexPod with ONTAP integration into Intersight, you’ll find that FlexPod can now deliver:
  • Improved application resilience
  • Decreased business risk
  • Consistent management user experience
  • Increased staff productivity
  • Better IT adaptability to business needs
  • Consolidate management into one single pain of glass

NetApp ONTAP integrated into Cisco Intersight

Cloud-based systems management as-a-serviceNetApp ONTAP integrated into Cisco Intersight (infographic) As with a human ANS, it’s the background automation provided by the ONTAP integration into Intersight that is the key to unlocking these benefits. And this capability increases over time, further easing overburdened IT staff.  ONTAP integration into Cisco Intersight is like an ANS that evolves.

NetApp and Cisco celebrate their 10 year FlexPod partnership.

A contrast between past and future FlexPod management

In the past, you might have viewed FlexPod as an on-premises-only platform managed by ONTAP for storage arrays and the UCS manager for UCS. Fast forward to the present, one has the option to manage a FlexPod with a Cisco Intersight software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud management platform.  It’s a natural, cloud-based evolution of FlexPod management, just like the evolution that made FlexPod a lynchpin in hybrid cloud workloads through the data fabric powered by NetApp. To learn more about why FlexPod integration of ONTAP into Cisco Intersight can benefit you, please take a look at this video that is a quick review of ONTAP integration into Cisco Intersight:

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