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FlexPod platform: Your next-generation hybrid cloud infrastructure

Hear that? It’s the modern hybrid world calling. Embrace it with FlexPod, the platform designed to power your most demanding modern apps and enterprise needs, integrate advanced cloud services, manage data easily from edge to core to cloud, and dramatically reduce your data center costs.

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Why FlexPod for hybrid cloud?

One automated platform for all your modern hybrid cloud needs

Built on groundbreaking technology from NetApp and Cisco and trusted by thousands of customers across the globe, the enhanced FlexPod platform brings a new level of observability and automation that propels your journey to hybrid cloud.

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Explore next-generation FlexPod

FlexPod is an industry-leading platform that delivers an intelligent, cloud-like experience and provides you with turnkey automation, workload optimization, and flexible consumption.

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Unparalleled flexibility

Run all your workloads on a single adaptable infrastructure platform, so you can constantly optimize compute and storage usage across your hybrid cloud. Reduce TCO and simplify operations with flexible consumption. And with FlexPod, your apps and data are always in the right place at the right time, whether on premises or in the cloud.

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Intelligent automation

With end-to-end automation built-in, next-generation FlexPod helps accelerate your deployment times from days to hours while simplifying daily operations. Full-stack observability opens up a whole new world of insights. And it’s never been easier to streamline lifecycle management of your infrastructure running any application.

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Trusted worldwide

You can benefit from single-vendor support for your entire infrastructure, including a growing portfolio of 195+ reference architectures featuring the latest innovations to help you get up and running fast. Confidently scale and maintain your always-on apps with built-in, end-to-end security across control and data planes.

Multiple business advantages

The FlexPod platform brings a new level of operational simplicity, flexibility, and automation to manage your data and applications across the hybrid cloud.

Flexible consumption and scalable configuration

Minimize the risk of your investments and gain the benefits of cloud-like financing and elasticity.

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Get to the cloud faster

Go beyond your core and edge, and reach into hybrid cloud with automation, optimization and observability.

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Simplified deployment and management for your infrastructure

Gain consistent management experience across all your FlexPods from the edge to the core to the cloud.

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Partner-delivered private-cloud experience on FlexPod

Leverage partner skillsets to:

  • simplify deployment
  • slash operational overhead
  • maximize performance with best-in-class infrastructure
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Featured use cases

Simplify and accelerate your deployments with a wealth of solutions for different workloads.

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AI/ML

Tap into data, gain more insight, and make better decisions.

VDI

Work from anywhere with FlexPod VDI.

Healthcare

Simplify IT for better clinician access.

Modern apps

Drive application acceleration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Validated designs

FlexPod® reference architectures contain the component, implementation, and configuration detail you need to deploy genuine FlexPod solutions with confidence.

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Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod Datacenter with ONTAP 9.8, ONTAP Storage Connector for Cisco Intersight, and Cisco Intersight Managed Mode   2021-06
FlexPod Datacenter with Cisco UCS X-Series and Cisco Intersight White Paper   2021-06
FlexPod Express Technical Specifications 2019-10  
FlexPod Technical Specifications 2021-04  
FlexPod Datacenter

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod MetroCluster IP with VXLAN Multi-Site Fabric (WP)

 2021-08

 

Configure Cisco Intersight Managed Mode for FlexPod: Technical Preview (WP)

 2021-01

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 7.0, Cisco VXLAN Single-Site Fabric, and NetApp ONTAP 9.7 Design Guide

 2020-11

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 7.0, Cisco UCS C125 M5, and NetApp ONTAP 9.7

2020-11

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 7.0 and NetApp ONTAP 9.7

 

 2020-10

FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.7, Cisco Intersight, and VMware vSphere 6.7 U3

 2020-06

 2020-05

FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.6, Cisco UCS 4th Generation, and VMware vSphere 6.7 U2

 

 2020-02

Introducing End-to-End NVMe for FlexPod (WP)

 2019-12

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 and NetApp AFF A-series with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2

 2019-11

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Fibre Channel Storage using VMware vSphere 6.5 Update1, NetApp AFF A-series, and Cisco UCS Manager 3.2

 

 2019-11

FlexPod Datacenter with IP-Based Storage using VMware vSphere 6.5 Update1, NetApp AFF A-Series, and Cisco UCS Manager 3.2

 

 2019-11

FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.6, Cisco UCS 4th Gen, VMware vSphere 6.7U2 (CVD)

 2019-10

 

FlexPod Security and Best Practices for Ransomware (TR)

 2019-10

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.7 U1, Cisco UCS 4th Generation, and NetApp AFF A-Series

 2019-07

 2019-06

Introducing End-to-End NVMe for FlexPod (White Paper)

 2019-01

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Cisco ACI Multi-Pod, NetApp MetroCluster IP, and VMware vSphere 6.7 CVD

 2018-08

 2019-01

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Hyper-V Windows Server 2016

 2017-08

 2017-06

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.5, NetApp AFF A-Series and Fibre Channel

 2017-05

 2018-08

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware 6.5 Update 1 and Cisco ACI 3.1

 2018-05

 2018-04

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server 2016 and Cisco ACI 3.0

 

 2018-01

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.5, NetApp AFF A-Series and IP-Based Storage

 

 2017-06

FlexPod Datacenter FedRAMP Readiness with VMware vSphere 6.0, HyTrust CloudControl and DataControl

 2016-12

 

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0 and Fibre Channel

 2016-11

 2016-11

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0U1

 2016-07

 2016-07

FlexPod Datacenter with Cisco ACI and VMware vSphere 6.0U1

 2016-07

 

FlexPod Datacenter with SolidFire All-Flash Array Add-On

 

 2016-07

FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp MetroCluster

 2016-09

 2016-08

FlexPod Datacenter and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Security Enhanced Linux

 

 2015-04

FlexPod Express

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod Express for VMware vSphere 7.0 with Cisco UCS Mini and NetApp AFF / FAS

 2021-01

 2021-01

NVA: FlexPod Express with Cisco UCS C-Series and NetApp AFF C190 Series NVA Deployment Guide

 

 2019-12

FlexPod Express with Cisco UCS C-Series, NetApp C190 and vSphere (NVA)

 2019-10

 

FlexPod Express with VMware vSphere 6.7U1 and NetApp AFF A220 with Direct-Attached IP-Based Storage (NVA)

 2019-04

 

FlexPod Express with Microsoft Windows 2016 Hyper-V and FAS2600

 

 2017-05

FlexPod Express with Cisco UCS C-Series and NetApp FAS2600 Series

 2017-02

 

FlexPod Express with VMware vSphere 6.0U2, NetApp E-Series, and Cisco UCS Mini

 2017-01

 

FlexPod Express with VMware vSphere 6.0 - Small and Medium Configs

 2015-09

 2015-10

FlexPod Express with VMware vSphere 6.0 - Large Config

 2015-09

 2015-09

FlexPod Express with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V: Small and Medium Configs

 2015-09

 2015-10

FlexPod Express with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V: Large Config

 2015-09

 2014-10

Modern apps

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

Build an AI ecosystem with FlexPod AI

 

2021-06

FlexPod Datacenter for AI/ML with Cisco UCS 480 ML & Nvidia T4 & vGPU for Deep Learning CVD Design Guide

 2020-01

 2020-01

Deploy NetApp Trident CSI Plug-in on Cisco Container Platform with FlexPod

 

 2020-06

FlexPod Datacenter for OpenShift Container Platform 4

 

 2020-08

FlexPod Datacenter for AI/ML with Cisco UCS C480 ML for Deep Learning Design Guide

 2019-03

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Docker Datacenter for Container Management

 2017-02

 

VDI

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops 1912 LTSR and VMware vSphere 7

 

2021-06

FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops 1912 LTSR and VMware vSphere 7 for up to 6000 Seats

 

2021-05

FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.6, VMware Horizon View 7.10, and VMware vSphere 6.7 U2 with Cisco UCS Manager 4.0 for up to 6700 Seats

 2020-04

 

FlexPod for 3D Graphics Visualization with VMware and NVIDIA (White Paper)

 2019-01

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.15 and VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 for 6000 Seats

 2018-06

 2018-06

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware Horizon View 7.3 and VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2 for 5000 Seats

 2018-01

 2018-01

Enterprise databases

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle 19c RAC Databases on Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF with NVMe over FibreChannel

 

2021-06

FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle 19c RAC Databases on Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF with NVMe over FibreChannel

 

2021-04

Oracle 19c RAC Databases on FlexPod DataCenter with Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF A800 over FC (NVA)

2021-02

2021-02

SAP HANA FC SAN CVD

 

 2020-12

SAP Non-HANA with SQL White Paper (WP)

 2020-12

 

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco UCS 3rd Generation and NetApp AFF A–Series

 2020-11

 

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution using FibreChannel SAN with Cisco UCS Manager 4.0 and NetApp ONTAP 9.7

2020-10

 

FlexPod Datacenter for Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and VMware vSphere 6.7

 2020-07

 

Deploy SAP Data Hub on FlexPod with Cisco Container Platform (White Paper)

 2020-05

 

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco ACI, Cisco UCS Manager 4.0, and NetApp AFF A–Series

 2020-04

 2020-06

SAP Application Servers on FlexPod with Oracle Database and Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF (White Paper)

 

2020-04

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and VMware vSphere 6.5

 2018-06

 2018-06

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco UCS Manager 4.0 and NetApp AFF A with ONTAP 9.6 (CVD)

 2019-10

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle RAC Databases on Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF A-Series

 2019-01

 

Virtualized SAP HANA on FlexPod Datacenter: Design Considerations and Best Practices (White Paper)

 2019-01

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux VM Running on VMware and Hyper-V

 2019-01

 

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2 and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

 2018-05

 2018-05

FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with IP-Based Storage using NetApp AFF A-Series and Cisco UCS Manager 3.2

 2017-11

 2017-11

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

 2016-07

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle RAC on Oracle Linux

 

 2015-10

FlexPod Select for High-Performance Oracle RAC

 2015-10

 2015-12

Hybrid cloud

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

NetApp Cloud Insights for FlexPod (Technical Report)

 

2020-11

FlexPod with Storage Tiering to Cloud using FabricPool (TR)

 2019-10

 

FlexPod Datacenter with IBM Cloud Private with Cisco UCS Manager, NetApp ONTAP 9.3 AFF, and VMware vSphere 6.5U1

 2018-08

 2018-08

FlexPod Datacenter for Platform as a Service with Apprenda 8.2, Cisco ACI 3.1, and Kubernetes 1.9.4

 2018-05

 

FlexPod Datacenter for Hybrid Cloud with Cisco CloudCenter and NetApp Private Storage

 2017-08

 2018-02

FlexPod Datacenter with Apprenda for PaaS

 2017-04

 

NetApp Data Fabric with FlexPod & Cisco Intercloud Fabric

 2015-03

 

Healthcare

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FIPS 140-2 security-compliant FlexPod solution for healthcare

 

2021-06

FlexPod for Electronic Health Record Systems (TR)

 2021-01

 

FlexPod for Medical Imaging (TR)

 

2020-10

Performance Testing for EPIC EHR on FlexPod (TR)

 2019-06

 

The FlexPod for MEDITECH Directional Sizing Guide (TR)

 2019-03

 

FlexPod Datacenter for MEDITECH

 

 2019-04

Microsoft apps

 

Design Guide

Deployment Guide

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016, and NetApp AFF A300

 

 2017-10

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Applications and NetApp AFF A-Series

 2017-09

 

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Exchange 2013, F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI

 2015-12

 2016-05

FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 and Cisco ACI

 2015-08

 2015-05

IDC Whitepaper

Download the following white paper “Agile and Efficient” to discover how FlexPod drives data center modernization.

NetApp has given us a lot of confidence in our ability to restore from a disaster perspective, which gives our customers confidence that we can provide their essential services, no matter what happens.

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FlexPod has transformed our performance and efficiency, so we can focus on applications and end-user services.

Liam Cole, IT Commercial Operations Team Leader, TasNetworks

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Innovation is our tradition. In this age of digitization, we rely on the most modern technologies—and the power of data—to offer groundbreaking trading options to our investors.

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To make our innovation at ICON possible, we adopted a ‘standardize and simplify’ model a number of years ago, consolidating all of our ICON data on NetApp technology.

Cormac Dunne, Director of Infrastructure Services, ICON

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How to buy the FlexPod platform and modernize your data management

Get ready to enjoy simplified deployment, lower operational overhead, and maximized performance when you purchase FlexPod through one of NetApp’s partners. We only work with the best of the best, and these providers are here to make sure you’re getting the most out of this industry-leading platform from the start.

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Cooperative support

FlexPod solutions are sold through our solution partners, and you can choose to receive solution-level support from your solution partner, from NetApp, Cisco or from other technology partners.

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No matter what solutions, products, or services you’re interested in, we’d love to talk. 

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Different partner purchasing options include:

NetApp Keystone

NetApp Keystone provides flexible cloud consumption models whether you build or buy, on-premises or in the public cloud.

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