Part 5 of a multi-part series on storage networking at NetApp
By Philip Trautman, FAS Product Marketing, NetApp
The third post in this series described how Clustered Data ONTAP and the scale-out architecture of the FAS8000 are able to harness hundreds of network connections and tremendous network bandwidth using a flexible, virtualized network implementation.
It may have occurred to you that clustered Data ONTAP fits well with the concepts of software-defined networking. It may not surprise you to learn that NetApp is working closely with Cisco to deliver Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco’s approach to software-defined networking, in our joint FlexPod datacenter solutions.
ACI combines proven technology with new innovations to create a network architecture that is extremely flexible, scalable and resilient. It offers support for software-defined IT and cloud, while providing a migration path for existing infrastructure.
Centralized automation and policy-driven network application profiles simplify network configuration, making it easier and faster to deploy new applications while minimizing the chance for errors.
ACI has two key components:
The combination of FlexPod with ACI is perfect for business-critical applications, bringing enhanced automation and management through a software-defined data center approach. Cisco ACI extends application “profiles” into the network, amplifying the benefits of UCS servers, clustered Data ONTAP and the FAS8000, and the Cisco Nexus 9000 series such as:
NetApp and Cisco are working hard to deliver complete and well-defined ACI solutions for FlexPod. Back in April, we delivered the FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 5.1U1 and Cisco Nexus 9000, and in August we delivered FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 5.5U1 and Cisco Nexus 9000. These design guides lay the foundation for future ACI deployment with FlexPod.
Since the full release of ACI in August, we’ve published FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 5.1U1 and Cisco ACI, describing full ACI deployment.
Look for a full schedule of additional offerings coming throughout the fall and winter. These include Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange as well as other enterprise applications. We’ll also have a design guide for FlexPod ACI and UCS Director for end-to-end application orchestration and even more to come.
In case you missed them, be sure and check out the other posts in this series: