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FlexPod Datacenter with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and NetApp Astra

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In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses are constantly seeking innovative solutions to streamline their operations, enhance scalability, and offer optimal performance. Enter the FlexPod® Datacenter with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and NetApp® Astra™, a powerful combination that enables enterprises to harness the full potential of their data while increasing flexibility and agility.

FlexPod Datacenter

A foundation of strength. FlexPod Datacenter is a converged infrastructure solution developed through a collaboration between Cisco and NetApp. It combines cutting-edge technologies from both companies to create a robust, flexible, and scalable platform that can handle diverse workloads. From virtualization to cloud computing, FlexPod is a strong foundation for organizations to build their IT infrastructure on, simplifying operations and reducing complexity.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Pioneering containerization. As businesses embrace microservices architecture and containerization, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform has emerged as a leader in the field. OpenShift simplifies the deployment, management, and scaling of containerized applications, enabling developers to focus on coding while helping operations teams to efficiently manage the underlying infrastructure. Its Kubernetes-based orchestration, combined with DevOps principles, allows rapid development and deployment cycles.

NetApp Astra

NetApp Astra is a game-changing data management solution tailored for Kubernetes-based applications. It takes the complexity out of data protection, mobility, and cloning for containerized workloads. Astra helps to make your data always available, even in dynamic container environments, offering integrated data management features for easy data backup, recovery, and cloning in the Kubernetes ecosystem.

Design guide for success

To make the most of this dynamic trio – FlexPod Datacenter, Red Hat OpenShift, and NetApp Astra – enterprises can turn to the comprehensive design guide that walks them through the integration process. This guide outlines best practices, considerations, and step-by-step instructions for deploying the three technologies together. From initial planning to ongoing management, the design guide is a roadmap for building a powerful, flexible, and efficient IT ecosystem.

Synergy unleashed

When you bring together FlexPod Datacenter, Red Hat OpenShift, and NetApp Astra, magic happens:

  • Streamlined operations. Integration simplifies infrastructure and application management, lightening the load on IT teams so they can focus on innovation.
  • Scalability without limits. The FlexPod modular architecture means seamless infrastructure scaling, while OpenShift and Astra do the same for applications and data.
  • Rock-solid data resilience. NetApp Astra robust data protection means that your crucial data remains secure, even in containerized environments, minimizing the risk of data loss.
  • Application flexibility. OpenShift's container orchestration capabilities allow easy application movement across different environments, from on premises to multicloud.
  • Cost efficiency. Through resource optimization and task automation, this integrated solution helps manage costs efficiently.

In conclusion, the fusion of FlexPod Datacenter, Red Hat OpenShift, and NetApp Astra empowers organizations to fast-track their digital transformation. It simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of containerized applications while fortifying data resilience and scalability. As the IT landscape continues to evolve, embracing such integrated solutions is essential for organizations that aim to maintain a competitive edge and adapt to the ever-changing tech landscape.

For full information, read Cisco Validated Design for FlexPod Datacenter with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and NetApp Astra Design Guide.

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Anand Louis

Anand Louis is a Principal Product Manager for FlexPod at NetApp’s Hybrid Cloud Group. He is currently responsible for FlexPod XCS, joint Cisco & NetApp solution, built on Cisco Intersight. Prior to NetApp, Anand has held positions in product management, sales enablement and marketing teams at high-tech companies including Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.

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