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Customer case studies: How FlexPod XCS hybrid cloud delivers business value

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Carol Chan

As I recently highlighted in What’s new with FlexPod, 2021 was a phenomenal year for FlexPod® innovations, with much more to come in 2022.

Well, the curtain has been lifted. On March 16, NetApp and Cisco together launched FlexPod XCS, extending the proven and trusted enterprise FlexPod converged infrastructure standard to hybrid cloud. See the announcements from NetApp and Cisco for full details.

FlexPod XCS

The core capabilities of FlexPod XCS include visibility, automation, hybrid cloud, and flexible consumption. Numerous customers are already deploying the FlexPod hybrid cloud solution with great satisfaction. Let’s look at how these customers enhance their environments to achieve business benefits.

Use case: DevOps, data standardization, burst capacity, and backup

This customer is a global leader in the semiconductor industry with distributed engineering in multiple countries. To simplify workflows and accelerate front-end verification, they have standardized all chips design and development on FlexPod converged infrastructure to leverage NetApp® ONTAP® and Cisco Intersight capabilities across their programs worldwide. With this validated architecture approach, they successfully reduce the check-in/out and build times for CI/CD from hours to minutes, increasing overall engineering productivity by more than 10%.

Using NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP with AWS, the company can quickly respond to burst capacity demand during various stages of the project development lifecycle. Sharing standardized data across engineering in multiple countries is as easy as it is with local teams. This enables engineers to produce higher quality designs with fewer re-spins, resulting in faster time-to-market for their products.

They also enjoys the confidence that their valuable data is always protected and backed up.

Use case: Backup, disaster recovery

This customer is a government agency in a U.S. state. Their entire private datacenter is standardized on FlexPod, which provides high reliability, strong performance, and cost savings compared to 100% public cloud. As part of their modernization strategy, their near-term requirement includes a combination of on-premises and hybrid cloud solutions. The first phase of hybrid cloud deployment focuses on offloading backup operations to Azure.

Using Cloud Volumes ONTAP with Azure, the agency is able to quickly migrate the backup to Azure hybrid cloud. With assistance from NetApp, IT successfully completed the backup migration as planned with no interruption to the FlexPod production environment. The data management experience is consistent between FlexPod on-premises and Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure. This consistency enables IT to retain existing expertise, policies and processes in managing their integrated private datacenter and hybrid cloud environment together as a whole.

They are also using FlexPod hybrid cloud with Cloud Volumes ONTAP to support their disaster recovery strategy by providing fast failover with no data loss and minimal downtime.

These two customers are among the many that are enjoying the benefits of the FlexPod hybrid cloud solutions. See how your organization can take advantage of the FlexPod XCS standard to address your hybrid cloud needs.

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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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