Why you should use FlexPod

Monday, December 12, 2016

Performance across business and consumer tasks largely relies on data centers to support applications, storage, backups and so much more. However, running a data center has become more complex and resource-intensive than ever before, placing pressure on facility operators to integrate the best tools and strategies to improve operations. FlexPod has emerged as the answer for many data center uses, and there are a few reasons why your organization should leverage it:

1. Mitigating the blame game

When something goes wrong within a data center, people typically look for something to blame. Different vendors are likely to blame each other's systems, stating that there must be something wrong with the other solution. This type of interaction can create problems for network administrators who need to address the root of the issue quickly to get the data center back online.

According to TechTarget contributor Brien Posey, FlexPod was created as an architecture that will reduce the vendor blame game and boost reliability. NetApp storage, Cisco connectivity and a Microsoft or VMware hypervisor are certified to work together, and establish the base of FlexPod. With this type of functionality, data center operators will have the best tools available without worrying that one will disrupt operations.

FlexPod can mitigate the vendor blame game.

2. Providing flexibility

It can be difficult to roll out a new technology into a data center, but FlexPod grants the flexibility need to fill the solution with the components you require. As industry expert Craig Alger noted in a LinkedIn post, if you already have NetApp Storage or Cisco equipment, you can simply build out your FlexPod solution with the features you still need. Operators won't have to rip and replace their existing systems, but will still have peace of mind that they have infrastructure that works as a seamless unit.

FlexPod also gives you the ability to choose a hypervisor. You don't have to be locked into one vendor, and that can be especially beneficial when considering what systems work well with your architecture and what provider you prefer to use. This type of flexibility gives operators a chance to determine what best fits their needs rather than relying on a boxed solution.

3. Adhering to critical environments

"FlexPod is a critical tool for data center infrastructure to provide the reliability and uptime that users expect."

A variety of clients rely on data centers, and FlexPod can meet the expectations stemming from a range of needs. Cisco noted that FlexPod can enable rapid provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual resources, making it an asset for development and testing. FlexPod can also bring capabilities to workload consolidation, business and disaster recovery, virtual desktop infrastructure and more. Data center operators can ensure that their most crucial areas are addressed with the best tools available.

FlexPod is a critical tool for data center infrastructure to provide the reliability and uptime that users expect. Paramount's range of data storage solution services, including FlexPod, enable SMBs to have better visibility and governance across platforms. Contact us today to learn more about FlexPod and out other data center solutions.