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FlexPod platform: A modern data center architecture

Hear that? It’s the modern hybrid world calling. Embrace it with FlexPod, the platform designed to power your most demanding AI 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 data center modernization?

Proven performance, agility, and economics

Built on groundbreaking technology from NetApp and Cisco and trusted by thousands of customers across the globe, the FlexPod platform meets and exceeds the challenges of simplifying deployments for best-in-class data center architecture.

Composed of prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies, FlexPod is designed to increase IT responsiveness to organizational needs, reduce the cost of computing, and deliver maximum uptime and minimal risk. By simplifying the delivery of data and applications, your enterprise gains the advantage of running new services and workloads at the edge, core, or in the cloud.

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Platform for innovation

Power your modern AI and enterprise applications.

  • Power the most demanding Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning applications with infrastructure optimized for analytic workloads.
  • Future-proof your enterprise applications and modern data workflows with cloud-connected compute, storage and fabric.
  • Dramatically reduce data center costs with industry-leading efficiencies.
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Unmatched versatility

  • Easily orchestrate data from edge to core to cloud to support modern data workflows.
  • Confidently integrate the newest technologies like end-to-end NVMe and cloud tiering with rapid comprehensive validation.
  • Integrate advanced services with the best-in-class hybrid, multicloud data center architecture.
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Trusted worldwide

Deliver a better customer experience with a robust, proven platform.

  • Simplify your support experience with full stack support from a single vendor.
  • Operate with confidence on a platform and Cisco-NetApp partnership trusted worldwide.
  • Continually optimize your operations with intelligent, actionable insights.
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Partner-delivered private-cloud experience on FlexPod

Simplify deployment. Slash operational overhead. Maximize performance with best-in-class infrastructure.

Leverage partner skillsets. Reduce hassle with managed services on a market-proven platform.

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Multiple business advantages

The FlexPod platform helps modernize your data management and drive business right out of the box.

Infrastructure consolidation

Simplify and accelerate your deployments with an ideal solution for shared workloads.

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Comprehensive virtualization

Choose from multiple leading hypervisor offerings, OSP, and containers with Docker.

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Cloud and edge agility

Define your cloud strategy with hybrid, private, and edge FlexPod offerings.

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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 with ONTAP integration into Cisco Intersight.

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IDC Whitepaper

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

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Validated designs

FlexPod® validated designs contain the component, implementation, and configuration detail you need to deploy genuine FlexPod solutions with confidence. Use the table below to find the FlexPod validated design guide you need.

FlexPod Definition Design Guide Deployment Guide
FlexPod Technical Specifications  2016-11  
FlexPod Express Technical Specifications  2017-03  
FlexPod SF Technical Specifications  2017-06  
FlexPod Datacenter
FlexPod Datacenter for Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and VMware vSphere 6.7  2020-07  
FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.7, Cisco Intersight, and VMware vSphere 6.7 U3  2020-06  2020-05
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 SAP Solution with Cisco ACI, Cisco UCS Manager 4.0, and NetApp AFF A–Series  2020-06  
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 Design Guide  2020-04
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 Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.6, Cisco UCS 4th Generation, and VMware vSphere 6.7 U2    2020-02
FlexPod Datacenter for AI/ML with Cisco UCS 480 ML & Nvidia T4 & vGPU for Deep Learning CVD Design Guide  2020-01
FlexPod Datacenter for AI/ML with Cisco UCS 480 ML & Nvidia T4 & vGPU for Deep Learning CVD Deployment Guide  2020-01
FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco UCS 3rd Generation and NetApp AFF A–Series  2019-11
FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp ONTAP 9.6, Cisco UCS 4th Gen, VMware vSphere 6.7U2 (CVD)  2019-10  
FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solution with Cisco UCS Manager 4.0 and NetApp AFF A with ONTAP 9.6 (CVD)  2019-10  
FlexPod with Storage Tiering to Cloud using FabricPool (TR)  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
The FlexPod for MEDITECH Directional Sizing Guide (TR)  2019-03
FlexPod Datacenter for MEDITECH  2019-03
FlexPod Datacenter for AI/ML with Cisco UCS C480 ML for Deep Learning Design Guide  2019-03
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux VM Running on VMware and Hyper-V  2019-01
Introducing End-to-End NVMe for FlexPod (White Paper)  2019-01
Virtualized SAP HANA on FlexPod Datacenter: Design Considerations and Best Practices (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 for 3D Graphics Visualization with VMware and NVIDIA (White Paper)  2019-01
FlexPod for 3D Graphics Visualization with Citrix and NVIDIA (White Paper)  2019-01
FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle RAC Databases on Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF A-Series  2019-01
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 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 VMware vSphere 6.5, NetApp AFF A-Series and Fibre Channel  2017-05  2018-08
FlexPod Datacenter with Docker Datacenter for Container Management  2017-02  
FlexPod Datacenter FedRAMP Readiness with VMware vSphere 6.0, HyTrust CloudControl and DataControl  2016-12  
FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0U1  2016-07  2016-07
FlexPod Datacenter with UCS Mini and VMware vSphere 6 with IP-Based Storage  2016-03  2016-03
FlexPod Datacenter with Cisco ACI and VMware vSphere 6.0U1  2016-07  
FlexPod Datacenter and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Security Enhanced Linux    2015-04
FlexPod Datacenter with SolidFire All-Flash Array Add-On    2016-07
FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp MetroCluster  2016-09  2016-08
FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0 and Fibre Channel  2016-11  2016-11
FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.5, NetApp AFF A-Series and IP-Based Storage    2017-06
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Hyper-V Windows Server 2016  2017-08  2017-06
Performance Testing for EPIC EHR on FlexPod (TR)  2019-06  
WP: Introducing End-to-End NVMe for FlexPod  2019-12  
FlexPod Express
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 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
FlexPod Express with Microsoft Windows 2016 Hyper-V and FAS2600    2017-05
FlexPod Select
FlexPod Select with Hadoop Technical Specifications  2016-04  
Enterprise Apps
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and VMware vSphere 6.5  2018-06  2018-06
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Applications and NetApp AFF A-Series  2017-09  
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016, and NetApp AFF A300    2017-10
FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2014  2016-07  
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
VDI
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
FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop/ XenApp 7.7 and VMware vSphere 6.0    2016-04
FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp All Flash FAS and VMware Horizon  2016-06  
Database
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 Oracle RAC on Oracle Linux    2015-10
FlexPod Select for High-Performance Oracle RAC  2015-10  2015-12
Cloud
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 NetApp AltaVault and Veritas NetBackup Solution  2016-04  2016-05
NetApp Data Fabric with Flexpod & Cisco Intercloud Fabric  2015-03  
FlexPod Datacenter with Apprenda for PaaS  2017-04  

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.

Todd Cannon, Senior Server and Security Analyst, Greenville Utilities

Customer story
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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

Customer story
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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.

Peter Litschel, CIO, Börse Stuttgart

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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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Next-generation infrastructure

As the platform for innovative applications, FlexPod AI/ML helps you power the most demanding AI applications. With an infrastructure optimized for analytic workloads, it assures performance of modern enterprise applications using next-generation compute, storage, and fabric in a validated solution.

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Enables us to have shorter maintenance windows, instant backups, and instant recovery which also minimizes the number of alerts.

Zbyszek Sitarek, IT Manager, Capgemini

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It's easy to implement. When I'm having an issue, I only need to make one call to tech support.

Server Administrator, Healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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Validated design and setup. No configuration questions.

Director, Technology at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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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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