5 Ways FlexPod Eases Private Cloud Computing Headaches

Posted by Eric Eiseman, Senior Systems Architect
May 4, 2015

We’ve often said that a hybrid cloud computing solutions model may be the best one to adapt. Hybrid clouds can take advantage of the benefits of both public and private cloud computing models to create a cloud environment that meets the individual needs of your organization.  Some of those benefits include:

  • Data security management. Data is the life-blood of many organizations, and without it they would fail. A hybrid cloud allows you keep sensitive data behind your firewall and outside the public cloud.
  • Scalability of resources. With a hybrid model, you can allocate resources for short term projects at a much lower cost than using your local IT infrastructure.
  • Private clouds take time and serious investment. With a hybrid cloud model, you can quickly tap into an existing public cloud computing infrastructure without changing much of your current technology.

By definition, a hybrid cloud computing model is a combination of public and private cloud infrastructures that are unique but bound by ‘standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability,’ and while private cloud computing does take time and involves a major investment, we’re pleased to say that the FlexPod Data Center Platform from NetApp and Cisco can ease the headaches associated with private cloud computing infrastructures.

By consolidating what are normally disparate data center silos – server, storage and networking – into a consolidated and pre-validated solution, companies can shorten private cloud computing deployment times, decrease operating costs, and simplify management. Here are five ways FlexPod can ease private cloud computing headaches:

  1. Reduced deployment times – Lowering time-to-market barriers can allow companies to deploy applications and workloads in minutes.
  2. Decreased operating costs – From the automation of server and storage provisioning, to storage efficiency gains, to reduction of labor and management costs, the overall operating costs of a private cloud with FlexPod are significantly lowered.
  3. Simplified (and improved) management – Creating a more flexible and agile server and storage infrastructure allows IT to respond to business needs faster.
  4. Reduced risk – Moving data and applications to a cloud computing environment is inherently risky, but with a pre-validated configuration, FlexPod successfully reduces private cloud computing risk.
  5. Lower energy consumption – FlexPod provides consistency in storage capacity, floor space, and power requirements—lowering power and cooling costs.

And with the latest data portability features that FlexPod provides, harnessing the speed, flexibility, and economics of the cloud becomes much easier. With NetApp’s extended strategy to provide seamless cloud management across any blend of public and private cloud computing platforms, we can now provide our customers the ability to optimize their IT delivery and operations with much more efficiency.

About Eric Eiseman As a premier subject matter expert at ASG, Eric Eiseman assists and guides customers through their design and architectural decisions. In particular, Eric has developed a thorough technical knowledge of VMware, Cisco Unified Computing Solutions, FlexPod, and Red Hat products throughout his extensive career as a system administrator and senior consultant.

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