FlexPod Can Accelerate ROI For Businesses, Says F&S

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 12, 2013


Enterprises are increasingly looking at simplifying their data center infrastructure by deploying an efficient and scalable solution and that also promises a significant ROI. In recent times, many organizations are implementing FlexPod, a single platform data center solution from NetApp, Cisco, and VMWare, that can offer a variety of business benefits to the consumer. A study conducted by Frost & Sullivan on IT decision makers revealed that nearly half of the IT decision makers believe Cloud data centers can have a considerable advantage to their business and in this regard, FlexPod, when deployed correctly, can accelerate tremendous ROI.

From a technical perspective, the standardized approach in FlexPod can be extremely beneficial in reducing risk, taking the guesswork out of architecting new environments and delivering IT services within your business,” said the report. From a business perspective, FlexPod enables organizations to become more agile, reducing the time it takes to deliver new products and services to market compared to traditional IT delivery models. This means that the IT team can now spend less time looking after technology and spend more time focusing on delivering new projects and enabling innovation, says the report.

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The F&S study highlights some of the benefits and costs of deploying FlexPod platform across the enterprise.

Flexibility: According to the F&S report, companies deploying FlexPod do need not expand the hardware footprint if they have isolated events of increased demand. The solution allows them to scale to a large-scale data center without architectural changes.

 Lower TCO: As companies scale with FlexPod they need to purchase less hardware. With less hardware they can have lower maintenance costs going forward, states the F&S report. Power costs are also greatly reduced – even more so if desktops are virtualized and replaced with thin clients. Studies have shown average annual Opex savings of more than 20% and up to 40% savings in storage Capex from moving to a private cloud.

Faster Time to Move Apps: As organizations search for new streams of income, new products in the form of mobile applications are appearing on the scene. The cloud is perfect for these apps; and in FlexPod environment they are secure. The model allows you to move new business applications from concept to testing to live in weeks – saving months or even years under the old infrastructure model, mentions the F&S report.

Disaster Recovery: A disaster recovery plan is critical as an organization’s inability to get systems back online in a timely manner can drastically impact revenue. The virtual servers in FlexPod’allow CIOs to back up the entire server off-site. Routine backups are easier, and in the event of an outage, the server can be back online quickly. Your employees will thank you for the reduced time spent on back ups and testing. 

Security: FlexPod provides a secured environment enabling the business unit, application, or customer information to be securely isolated in its environment. Because you are utilizing your own internal Cisco blade servers, your data is safe under your existing security protocols. FlexPod’s SMT has undergone rigorous testing and has been certified via PCI compliance validation, FISMA certification, and ICSA Audit.

Another study by analyst firm IDC also stated that Flexpod has emerged as the global leader in terms of both revenues and data capacity in the global converged Infrastructure (CI) market category for the quarter.  

Santhosh D’Souza, Director - Systems Engineering at NetApp believes that Flexpod can take big data to a new level and will be the key focus of the company in the coming months. “We see enterprises entering a new era of scale, where the amount of data processed and stored is breaking down every architectural construct in the storage industry. FlexPod enables customers to gain insight into massive datasets, move data quickly, and store important content for long periods of time without increasing operational complexity,” he says.

The F&S report found out that FlexPod deployments are saving money and time. It provides better data security meaning faster recovery time in the event of a disaster and while addressing all these, the Cloud-based data center solution can lead to a much greater ROI.