New ExpressPod from NetApp Targets SMB Converged Infrastructure Needs

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
October 10, 2012

A while back we blogged about NetApp’s FlexPod converged infrastructure solution. We really liked how it gave organizations a clear path to cloud computing and IT managers the flexibility and scalability they need.

The ExpressPod provides many of the same benefits of FlexPod, but for organizations  with up to 500 employees. Organizations of this size quite often have only one person in the IT department responsible for infrastructure management and maintenance. ExpressPod seems ideally suited to providing some of the  enterprise benefits of a converged infrastructure without the complexity associated with them. These include:

  • Reduced number of servers and storage capacity required for applications
  • Simplified overall infrastructure
  • Optimized architecture with best-of-breed components
  • Accelerated deployment times

As Adam Fore, NetApp’s Director of Solutions Marketing, was quoted in a CRN release announcement: “Unlike the FlexPod converged infrastructure solution, which provides application integration with software from companies such as Oracle and SAP, cloud integration and flexible configurations, the ExpressPod comes in only two fixed configurations targeting the software needs of the typical SMB. It's much simpler.”

In addition to its pre-configurations, ExpressPod goes beyond VMware-centric deployments that FlexPod targets, and looks to be suitable for Hyper-V and XenServer virtualized environments. This flexibility makes it ideal for the SMB space.

If you’re an SMB and have questions on whether ExpressPod might be an option for your converged infrastructure needs, drop a comment below or contact us. We can help you determine whether it’s a fit.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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