A modern data centre architecture

Technology innovation means constant change. Your data centre needs to be built on a platform that has proven performance, agility and value in order to respond to shifting business demands.

Together, Cisco and NetApp have re-imagined converged infrastructure with FlexPod® solutions that can keep pace with the evolution of IT and enable enterprises to build a solid foundation for the future.

FlexPod helps organisations all over the world to be efficient, support their customers and drive successful outcomes. No matter what proprietary or legacy software and systems your hospital, energy company, manufacturing plant, government agency or school system uses, FlexPod will fit right in.

If you’re an existing customer interested in modernising your FlexPod infrastructure or an organisation that would like to find out more about how FlexPod can help you deliver optimal datacentre performance and management, among many other things, Q Associates can help.

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  • Platform for Innovation
  • Over 9,000 FlexPod customers around the World
  • Unmatched Versatility
  • 175+ Validated Designs

How FlexPod Drives Data Centre Modernisation
IDC reveals FlexPod as a robust converged infrastructure system with cutting-edge functionality and extraordinary operational efficiencies.

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Compelling new FlexPod capabilities and long-term roadmap

The next-generation FlexPod solutions from Cisco and NetApp
deliver all the benefits you’d expect from the most trusted
converged infrastructure solution:

  • Power the most demanding AI needs with FlexPod Data Centre for AI, with a portfolio of GPUs and AI/ML solutions, from deep learning to inferencing
  • Multicloud connected for cloud-based protection, disaster recovery (DR), backup and tiering on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud
  • New-generation components with Cisco UCS M5, 100GbE Cisco Nexus, Intel Optane,  NVIDIA GPUs and NetApp ONTAP® 9.6 for greater performance and efficiency
  • Manage data easily from the edge to core to cloud
  • Dramatically reduce data centre costs, streamline IT and simplify support

FlexPod continues to be a platform for innovation and investment protection as NetApp and Cisco confidently support today’s workloads, with a commitment to keeping the platform evergreen to underpin applications of the future.

Decrease deployment risk and time to solution with 175+ fully-tested and validated designs
for FlexPod

We can help you find your FlexPod

With an ever-expanding portfolio of software solutions, technologies and validated innovations, FlexPod is continually evolving to handle modern workflows and applications that will transform your business.

Work from anywhere

with FlexPod and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Solutions

FlexPod VDI is a proven technology that delivers virtual desktops and applications to support your workforce and ensure critical services are delivered.

Virtualised environments enable IT to quickly provision new users, maintain compliance across desktops and servers, plus scale on demand. FlexPod is purpose-built for virtualised and VDI environments that enable enterprise workloads to function seamlessly at scale, with a superior end user experience. With easy configuration and management, FlexPod allows businesses to scale globally while reducing both operational and capital costs.

Look at your data

in new ways with FlexPod AI

As the platform for innovative applications, FlexPod AI/ML helps you to power the most demanding AI applications. With an infrastructure optimised for analytic workloads, it assures performance of modern enterprise applications using next-generation compute, storage and fabric in a validated solution.

Data stored on your FlexPod infrastructure holds tremendous value. If your existing AI and ML solutions are failing to keep pace – or if you have not implemented AI or ML solutions yet – deploying the FlexPod Datacenter for AI solution with Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers can open the door to better insight. This is especially true when data gravity, security and regulatory requirements dictate that model training be performed on the premises, where your data lives.

Refreshing Your FlexPod

today may lower TCO

ESG analysis reveals that the latest generation of FlexPod, powered by Cisco UCS M5 servers and NetApp AFF storage arrays for VDI, provides customers with significant savings in infrastructure and administration, as well as improved business agility.

Powering leading organisations

Healthcare / Insurance / Financial Services / Education & Research / Retail / Energy

Trusted by thousands of customers across the globe, the FlexPod platform meets and exceeds the challenges of simplifying deployments for best-in-class data centre architecture.

A reliable, versatile solution that offers great value and proven performance

Data Centre Engineer, Financial Services

Easy to set up and maintain, increased our uptime and improved application performance

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In partnership we achieve more

For over 15 years, Q Associates has committed and invested in NetApp technologies to the benefit of our clients across the UK and Europe. Our team is qualified to the highest level for implementation, professional services and support, as well as technical specifications in FlexPod and Hybrid Cloud.

Furthermore, Q Associates is qualified to the highest level for implementation, services and support of all Cisco technologies, and is part of an elite group of Cisco partners who have achieved their Advanced Datacentre Architecture Specialisation recognition.

Modern data centres are built on FlexPod

If you are an existing customer interested in modernising your FlexPod infrastructure or an organisation that would like to find out more about FlexPod, Q Associates can help.

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