Deployment of new technology can be a risky venture . What if the new technology does not fit into your existing environment? As you progress on your journey to the cloud, you will want to reduce risks associated with deployment and downtime.
First, FlexPod is "pre-validated". What does that mean? Cisco and NetApp technical teams pre-validated the FlexPod design based on a set of best practices and documented them in a step-by-step guide called the Cisco Validated Design. The guide is based on over 12,000 hours of lab testing. As a result, our customers and partners reduce risk and the time spent on "engineering", and receives predetermined SLAs with predictable scalability and performance.
In addition to risks associated with deployment, customers are concerned about hosting multiple workloads on their platform. The FlexPod was designed not only to run concurrent workloads, but also with secure multi-tenancy features to securely partition applications in business units through separate tenants for virtualized environments and secure separation for non-virtualized environments.
The FlexPod platform helps our customers reduce risk around planned and unplanned downtime through maintenance. Customers can achieve zero to minimal downtime because service profiles allow you to move virtual server / storage profiles across physical blades and storage without disruption to your business.