FlexPod® XCS is now generally available. It’s the first installment in both full-stack visibility and automation and single pane of glass management for FlexPod customers.
What does this general availability milestone mean for customers? Now FlexPod XCS, leveraging its integration into the Cisco Intersight cloud operations platform, can see inventory and catalog all FlexPod XCS assets, no matter where they reside physically. Clients can now streamline their planning. Customers don’t have to manually check which Cisco and NetApp® components together constitute a FlexPod® instance. Holistically seeing each FlexPod through Intersight saves time, reduces costs, increases accuracy, and improves planning, whether you have 10, 100, or 1,000 FlexPod XCS instances.
Here are a few of the many new FlexPod XCS features that are now generally available.
Customers can also double-click to see their latest ONTAP array status across all their FlexPod XCS platforms. Clients gain grouping, inventorying, health, and visibility benefits across each of their FlexPod XCS platforms as holistic units.
Another important addition is that each FlexPod XCS can now be seen in its entirety as a singular FlexPod with alerts, utilization, capacity, and cluster status. Customers gain more insight, value, and utilization across their FlexPod XCS environments. FlexPod XCS can be grouped and categorized for purpose; utilization and health are monitored. Now customers can learn about any issues early and take action more quickly.
Beyond a single FlexPod XCS view and detailed inventory status, FlexPod XCS has added storage automation and orchestration, boosting customer productivity, extending infrastructure longevity, and setting a new standard in hybrid cloud infrastructure. Partners and customers can build their own tasks in Intersight Cloud Orchestrator (ICO) to gain tailored automation or to combine these building blocks with out-of-the-box workflows. In other words, the productivity increases complement and supplement current customer IT processes.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, FlexPod XCS customers can check on the Cisco HCL and NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool for their entire FlexPod XCS stack.
The entire stack has now been checked. If any question is answered No, an update can be scheduled. For each FlexPod instance this is a helpful organizational tool and time saver. Now FlexPod XCS instances remain under the correct specification and don’t drift from their intended designs, increasing performance and better aligning to business needs. A rock-solid, reliable, performant FlexPod XCS can retain that state in an automated fashion throughout its life.
Two additional points to keep in mind:
The future is complex, the future is hybrid, and it will be built on standardized, tested, and automated infrastructure. FlexPod XCS extends converged infrastructure into hybrid cloud operations delivering one automated platform for all your modern apps, data and hybrid cloud services. Start taking advantage of these great capabilities with FlexPod XCS today, it only gets better!
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Bruno Messina joined NetApp in 2018 and works in product marketing for FlexPod. His previous experience includes a career in product marketing of UCS servers for Cisco Systems and Solaris server marketing and competitive analysis at both Oracle and Sun Microsystems, where he joined in 2000. Bruno spent ten years in various roles of competitive analysis and product management at Sun Microsystems, leading analysis in both the workgroup and enterprise servers. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Bruno spent time finishing his MBA education and worked for two years at Cadence working on product marketing for both board-level and board timing tools. Bruno holds both a BSEE and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.